Haunted Houses and Mold: Research Study and Survey


Haunted House Final

April 2, 2015

Researchers at Clarkson University in New York are currently doing a study measuring air quality of several buildings where ghost sightings have been reported, to see if toxic mold may be playing a role in influencing people’s feelings that these places are haunted.

“Experiences reported in many hauntings are similar to mental or neurological symptoms reported by individuals exposed to toxic molds,” said Professor Shane Rogers in an article in the Daily Mail.

“I have long been a fan of ghost stories and shows related to investigation of haunted places and have to admit to some strange occurrences in my own past,” Rogers said.

“Many of the places under investigation and from my own experiences may be prime environments for mold and other indoor air quality issues. We would like to see if we can parse out some commonality between the mold microbiome in places that are haunted relative to those that are not,” he said.

(The story also was shared on online in The Blaze and in Mental Floss.)

Andrea Fabry shares the reports of a survey of mold survivors about their experiences feeling that moldy buildings felt scary or haunted in this It Takes Time blog post.


Update 10/30/18:

A separate article on the Paradigm Change site discusses the theory the the mold shown to be present in the Netflix series “The Haunting of Hill House” could have been responsible for all the events that happened there.


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