posted on Nov, 24 2012 @ 07:22 PM
Originally posted by VeritasAequitas
I will have to call bunk as well here. Having studied the effects and causes of those around me, I have personally noticed an increase in behavior
during certain moon cycles. Now if the Sun can affect your overall mood and positive well being, why would the Moon not have its own effects on the
edit on 24-11-2012 by VeritasAequitas because: (no reason given)
Yes, perfect example... the sun...
The primary circadian "clock" in mammals is located in the suprachiasmatic nucleus (or nuclei) (SCN), a pair of distinct groups of cells located in
the hypothalamus. Destruction of the SCN results in the complete absence of a regular sleep–wake rhythm. The SCN receives information about
illumination through the eyes. The retina of the eye contains "classical" photoreceptors ("rods" and "cones"), which are used for conventional vision.
But the retina also contains specialized ganglion cells which are directly photosensitive, and project directly to the SCN where they help in the
entrainment of this master circadian clock.
These cells contain the photopigment melanopsin and their signals follow a pathway called the retinohypothalamic tract, leading to the SCN. If cells
from the SCN are removed and cultured, they maintain their own rhythm in the absence of external cues.
The SCN takes the information on the lengths of the day and night from the retina, interprets it, and passes it on to the pineal gland, a tiny
structure shaped like a pine cone and located on the epithalamus. In response, the pineal secretes the hormone melatonin. Secretion of melatonin peaks
at night and ebbs during the day and its presence provides information about night-length.
Several studies have indicated that pineal melatonin feeds back on SCN rhythmicity to modulate circadian patterns of activity and other processes.
However, the nature and system-level significance of this feedback are unknown.
The circadian rhythms of humans can be entrained to slightly shorter and longer periods than the Earth's 24 hours. Researchers at Harvard have
recently shown that human subjects can at least be entrained to a 23.5-hour cycle and a 24.65-hour cycle (the latter being the natural solar day-night
cycle on the planet Mars)
There are some awesome articles about circadian rhythm, protein regulation, and gene expression:
The following link will bring you in the right direction if you'd like to read more. There are also articles on sciencedaily.com, as well as some
loose information located in the thread that is linked in my signature.
For articles in regards to circadian rhythm, protein regulation and gene expression.
Then, coming back to the moon... in regards to solunar(sun/moon) and animal behavior and a theory in regards to the location of the moon in relation
to their bodies.
Which, is very much a theory... and is "Apples and Oranges" when associating it with human psychology. Although, again... just 'theory' lol.
Anyways... apparently what people have concluded already based upon 'observation'(oh man, that dogma abandons people so fast) holds weight over 20
year studies and multiple papers that show that there is almost assuredly no connection between full moons and psychological problems.
It's the moons fault!!!
edit on 24-11-2012 by MESSAGEFROMTHESTARS because: additional statement