Researchers say their findings might explain paranormal encounters over the years.

We recently reported on Microsoft patenting a Black Mirror-style technology that could resurrect the deceased in the form of a chatbot. But what of paranormal instances of the dead "speaking" to relatives from beyond the grave?

According to a new study from Durham University in the United Kingdom, spiritualist mediums are likely feeling the effects of unusual auditory experiences and hallucinations, and have done so from an early age, The Northern Echo reports.

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'Hearing' dead people

The research suggests that so-called spiritual mediums might be more prone to these auditory hallucinations — including hallucinations involving 'hearing the dead' — from an early age. This might account for the fact that some people develop strong spiritual beliefs while others don't.

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