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Does the full moon cause madness ?

Posted on Wednesday, 21 November, 2012 | Comment icon 27 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

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According to a new study conducted by a group of psychologists in Canada, no, it does not.

The full moon has often been associated with an increase in crime, strange behaviour and other weirdness. As many as 80 percent of nurses and 63 percent of doctors believe that there is a measurable increase in mental health issues during the time of a full moon. To put this idea to the test researchers studied more than 770 patients over a period of three years. They concluded that the lunar cycle appeared to have had nothing at all to do with the patients' symptoms.

"The analyses revealed no link between the incidence of psychological problems and the four lunar phases," said psychologist Professor Genevieve Belleville. The symptoms observed during the study were instead attributed to the mental health of the patients.

"Sudden crime waves, injuries and other random acts have been blamed on the monthly phenomenon, sometimes by doctors, nurses and the police."

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Comment icon #18 Posted by Arbenol68 on 21 November, 2012, 23:11
But I will say the following is true, a full moon may cause more excitement to people and lead to 'silly behaviour' just from someone stating "look, its a full moon", so some people may find themselves behaving in a way they would not have done without the full moon, especially due the things we link to a full moon in western society. Unfortunately this is not down to the moon having a physical effect on our body, more our own interpretation of what a full moon represents. A kind of self -fulfilling prophecy? Sounds like a decent theory to me.
Comment icon #19 Posted by Junior Chubb on 21 November, 2012, 23:16
A kind of self -fulfilling prophecy? Sounds like a decent theory to me. Indeed, if you saw myself and a few friends spotting a full moon on an intoxicated night out it would be beyond doubt.
Comment icon #20 Posted by DieChecker on 22 November, 2012, 0:24
My Mother-In-Law who is a Labor and Delivery nurse (Baby delivering nurse) has said in the past that the number of women that come in spontaneously to deliver their baby increases, sometimes as much as doubles, when the moon is Full.
Comment icon #21 Posted by Slave2Fate on 22 November, 2012, 0:35
The amount of light shining on the moon doesn't change it's gravitational properties one bit. A new moon has just as much 'pull' as a full moon.
Comment icon #22 Posted by little_dreamer on 22 November, 2012, 0:54
So we've been having full moons for all of human history. We've had thousand of years and millions of people to figure this one out.
Comment icon #23 Posted by pallidin on 22 November, 2012, 7:31
The amount of light shining on the moon doesn't change it's gravitational properties one bit. A new moon has just as much 'pull' as a full moon. Well, now that you put it that way(good point!) I suppose the issue is more psychological than physiological.
Comment icon #24 Posted by Mnemonix on 22 November, 2012, 7:35
Wow, what a surprise. I'm being sarcastic for the record.
Comment icon #25 Posted by pallidin on 22 November, 2012, 7:57
Comment icon #26 Posted by CRIPTIC CHAMELEON on 26 November, 2012, 21:15
Maybe the crazies are attracted to it like moths to the flame.
Comment icon #27 Posted by Taun on 26 November, 2012, 21:21
Darn it... another good excuse down the drain...

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