The Lunar Effect
There's a full moon tonight (had a great view of it here in San Diego). This has inspired WSAW in Wisconsin
to phone up a local Professor and quiz him about the "lunar effect":
A common superstition says accidents, natural disasters, and bizarre crimes increase during a full moon.
One Psychology professor says there is no scientific evidence to support a connection between the moon and our moods.
The UW-Marathon County Professor has worked in the Psychology field for more than 20 years.
He says for centuries, our culture has relied on the urban legend known as "The Lunar Effect" to explain the unexplainable.
The Professor says the lack of scientific proof doesn't mean the urban legend isn't true.
"It's probably not the type of things studied by scientists because they may not take it seriously," says Asst. Prof. Marlowe Embree.
Actually, I think there have been quite a few scientific studies of the lunar effect. At least, Google Scholar
pulls up a bunch.
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