Cops, doctors and nurses may never be persuaded, but a three-year Canadian study debunks the myth that people go strange when there is a full moon.
“If you still want to believe it, go ahead, it’s not my job as a scientist to convince … it’s my job to check the facts,” professor Geneviève Belleville, who led the team of researchers from Laval University’s School of Psychology, told Torstar News Service on Tuesday.
The study evaluated patients visiting emergency rooms at Montreal’s Sacré-Coeur Hospital and Hôtel-Dieu de Lévis between March 2005 and April 2008. It is to be published in the scientific journal General Hospital Psychiatry.
The research focused on 771 individuals who arrived at the emergency room with chest pains for which no medical cause could be determined. Psychological evaluations, Belleville said, revealed that a number of these patients suffered from panic attacks, anxiety and mood disorders, or suicidal thoughts.
The team then cross-referenced the lunar calendars with each visit.
“And we didn’t find any relationship,” Belleville said. “One thing is certain: We observed no full-moon or new-moon effect on psychological problems.”