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ScienceDaily (Nov. 19, 2012) — Contrary to popular belief, there is no connection between lunar phases and the incidence of psychological problems. This is the conclusion reached by a team of researchers directed by Professor Geneviève Belleville of Université Laval's School of Psychology after having examined the relationship between the moon's phases and the number of patients who show up at hospital emergency rooms experiencing psychological problems.
This study's conclusions run contrary to what many believe, including 80% of nurses and 64% of doctors who are convinced that the lunar cycle affects patients' mental health. "We hope our results will encourage health professionals to put that idea to rest," said Dr. Belleville. "Otherwise, this misperception could, on the one hand, color their judgment during the full moon phase; or, on the other hand, make them less attentive to psychological problems that surface during the remainder of the month."
Law and order
Senior police officers in Brighton announced in June 2007 that they were planning to deploy more officers over the summer to counter trouble they believe is linked to the lunar cycle. Similarly, police in Ohio and Kentucky have blamed temporary rises in crime on the full moon. In January 2008, New Zealand's Justice Minister Annette King suggested that a spate of stabbings in the country could have been caused by the lunar cycle.
Believers (David Tredinnick being a prominent example) often support their claims by noting that many police officers and nurses have observed a lunar effect in the course of their work. To the extent that nurses and police officers do indeed claim to observe patterns, this is most likely to be explained in terms of confirmation bias: People notice if something dramatic happens during a full moon, but do not notice when nothing dramatic happens; furthermore, dramatic occurrences that do not occur during full moons are typically not counted as evidence against the belief. Believers are further bolstered in their belief through communal reinforcement: The more people talk about the effect, the more people notice spurious relationships.
Originally posted by Ryanssuperman
So the study was based on how many people came in during a full moon night?
That's not very revealing in my opinion. Just because people aren't seeking help, doesn't mean there isn't an increase in psychological abnormalities. The changes may not be big enough in people for them to go into a hospital (which is most likely the case, else it wouldn't be a theory).
Originally posted by TheLieWeLive
I don't buy it either. People do act differently in a full moon. Some believe it happens like when the tide goes in and out during a full moon. They believe so does the fluid in our brain making some people react differently.
Even our vocabulary say's differently. You see Luna in words like Lunacy or Lunatic. This is a very old notion.
Judith Weingarten’s second objection is more serious. Comets are bad news. Some authors like Aristotle think they’re bad news because the conditions which lead to things like civic strife also cause comets. Manilius closes book one of the Astronomica (from line 809 onward) with a description of comets. He can be bleak like around line 893–5 in the Loeb translation:
"Death comes with those celestial torches, which threaten earth with the blaze of pyres unceasing, since heaven and nature’s self are stricken and seem doomed to share men’s tomb."
Originally posted by boymonkey74
reply to post by MESSAGEFROMTHESTARS
Look just because you have read a report it doesn't mean it is true, I like many here have seen the effects the moon have on people. It does effect people and no report you find will convince me that it doesn't.
Oh and you attitude to others here stinks.
The lunar hypothesis, that is, the notion that lunar phases can directly affect human behavior, was tested by time-series analysis of 4,575 crisis center telephone calls (all calls recorded for a 6-month interval). As expected, the lunar hypothesis was not supported. The 28-day lunar cycle accounted for less than 1% of the variance of the frequency of crisis center calls. Also, as hypothesized from an attribution theory framework, crisis center workers reported significantly greater belief in lunar effects than a non-crisis-center-worker comparison group.
Originally posted by DerepentLEstranger
reply to post by MESSAGEFROMTHESTARS
Lol so 1 single study has debunked the full moon effect?
never mind all the anecdotal evidence by hundreds if not thousands of medical and law enforcement personnel
sounds like you "want to believe" and have jumped on a bandwagon
LL who's suffering from confirmation bias, now?
not even going to go into the occult side of things as you will automatically blank your mind given the evidence