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Tall Tales about the Mind and BrainSeparating fact from fiction$
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Sergio Della Sala

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780198568773

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198568773.001.0001

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The power of the full moon. Running on empty?

The power of the full moon. Running on empty?

(p.401) Chapter 24 The power of the full moon. Running on empty?
Tall Tales about the Mind and Brain

Eric H. Chudler

Oxford University Press

Newspaper editors who publish stories about the lunar effect, law enforcement officers who insist people act strangely on days of the full moon and healthcare workers who maintain that the moon influences their patients all provide fuel to perpetuate the belief that the phase of the moon affects behaviour. Examination of the many studies that have searched for a relationship between the full moon and abnormal behaviour, however, shows that the fuel that drives these beliefs is running empty.

Keywords:   full moon, lunar cycle, abnormal behaviour

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