Lunar cycles and human aggression: A replication

Gordon W. Russell1, Jane De Graaf1
1University of Lethbridge, Canada
Cite this article:  Russell, G. W., & De Graaf, J. (1985). Lunar cycles and human aggression: A replication. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 13(2), 143-146.

Volume 13 Issue 2 | e469 | Published: August 1985 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.1985.13.2.143

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The present investigation provided for tests of a lunar-aggression hypothesis using the aggressive penalties awarded in ice hockey over a season of competition. Interpersonal aggression was found to be unrelated to either the synodic or anomalistic cycles, a result consistent with recent reviews of lunar research. Discussion centered on the persistence of lunar beliefs and their links to the literature on selective exposure and interpersonal expectations.
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