Historically, then has been a perceived association between the moon and human biology and behaviour that can be traced back to at least Roman times. The idea that the moon can in some way influence human biology or behaviour is a phenomena that has now come to known as the "Transylvanian effect" in the academic literature. Many mental health professionals continue to hold the belief that lunar cyles can alter human behaviour despite contradictory evidence, but may also be due to personal, ethical, aesthetic, and intuitive ways of knowing. However, studies that have reported positive findings have been shown to be methodologically flawed, inconclusive, or confounded witb other variables. Contrary to this belief in a Transylvanian effect are more recent studies refuting any association, relationship, or correlation between lunar cycles and human biology or behaviour. The vast majority of research relating to this phenomenon has been carried out retrospectively utilising secondary data.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||German Journal of Psychiatry|
|Publication status||Published - 01 Jul 2006|
- Lunar cycles
- Transylvanian effect
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Psychiatry and Mental health