Ivan Kelly, James Rotton and Roger Culver (1996) examined over 100 studies on lunar effects and concluded that the studies have failed to show a reliable and significant correlation (i.e., one not likely due to chance) between the full moon, or any other phase of the moon, and each of the following:
-the homicide rate
-crisis calls to police or fire stations
-births of babies
-casino payout rates
-aggression by professional hockey players
-violence in prisons
-agitated behavior by nursing home residents
-emergency room admissions
-behavioral outbursts of psychologically challenged rural adults
If so many studies have failed to prove a significant correlation between the full moon and anything, why do so many people believe in these lunar myths? Kelly, Rotton, and Culver suspect four factors: media effects, folklore and tradition, misconceptions, and cognitive biases. A fifth factor should be considered, as well: communal reinforcement.
Originally posted by Ashly
Did you know all crimes increase during a full moon, excluding murder?? This mean rape, robbery, assault, everything!
My mom also works at a hospital for mentally uh..insane people, and she said she believes the moon affects us, becuase during a full moon, her patients get really really wierd!
Originally posted by cwzilly
becuase during a full moon, her patients get really really wierd!