Lunar influences on human aggression

Gordon W. Russell1, Manjula Dua2
1University of Lethbridge, Canada
2University of Alberta, Canada
Cite this article:  Russell, G. , & Dua, M. (1983). Lunar influences on human aggression. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 11, 41-44.

Volume 11 Issue 2 | e406 | Published: August 1983 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.1983.11.2.41

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League records of all hockey games (N = 426) played during a season provided data for tests of a lunar-aggression hypothesis. Despite the use of multiple measures of lunar phase and interpersonal aggression, support for lunar influence was not forthcoming. Inasmuch as the results were generally consistent with previous investigations, discussion centred on a rationale for the few "positive" findings that have occasionally occurred. Supplemental data revealed that beliefs in lunar influence are fairly common - 45% among a university population - and are more prevalent among older women.
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