The Lunar Effect : Biological Tides And Human Emotions

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It is known from the span of our recorded history that the moon has long mystified humans. For thousands of years, the full moon has been attributed with mystical happenings. The term lunar effect describes a purported correlation between the stages of moon’s cycle and human behaviors. According to its supporters, the effect is chiefly responsible for uncharacteristic behaviors in people during the moon’s fullest phase. This is often explained by noting the effect that the moon has on the tide in large bodies of water in relation to the fact that the human body is mostly made up of water (Lieber). Among subscribers to this idea is psychiatrist Arnold L. Lieber who notably brought this idea to the scientific community in recent decades in his book The Lunar Effect: Biological Tides and Human Emotions. In the book, Lieber presents findings to support his construct that the full moon has an impact on human functions and behavior. He suggests that biological artifacts he dubs “gravoreceptors” may be the cause although there has been no proof presented to confirm the existence of this yet. Another explanation for the effect has been an evolutionary relic in our genetics leftover from a time when our ancestors were more affected by the moon’s brightness and more reliant on its rhythms due to sleeping outdoors and electricity having yet to be discovered (Cajochen). In either case, it is worthwhile to examine both of these ideas in relation to the claims of the physiological and the

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