As of 2014, there is no credible scientific evidence that supports the existence of the psychic powers claimed by mediums, the practice of purportedly communicating with the spirits of the dead. The practice of mediums and séances dates back to early human history but has failed to produce verifiable proof.
A century of research by a variety of credible organizations, such as the British Psychological Society, has failed to produce proof of an afterlife, dead spirits or any ability to communicate thus. Indeed, the overwhelming majority of mediums and psychics are shown to be fraudulent. Contemporary television shows that focus on the purported abilities of mediums are often heavily edited to appear realistic to viewing audiences.