Nope, The Full Moon Does Not Make People Go Crazy

Does the full moon really make people go loony? In other words, does it turn people into lunatics? The word lunatic comes from the word lunaticus, which means "of or relating to the moon." But, no, the full moon does not cause strange events to occur or people to act crazy. This idea, called the lunar lunacy effect, is a myth. It's an illusory correlation, meaning that people have a perception that an association exists where it does not. In the case of the moon, people pay special attention to strange events during full moons, and are less aware of strangeness otherwise. Historians think that it's possible that the bright light from full moons once disrupted sleep schedules, making people act a little wacky due to sleep deprivation. Another theory is that the brightness of the full moon allowed people who lived before electricity to be active at night. We've collected some awesome videos on this topic. Watch them now to learn more.

Why Do People Go Crazy During a Full Moon?

Key Facts In This Video

  1. The word lunatic comes from lunaticus, which means "of or relating to the moon." 00:07

  2. The idea that the full moon makes people go crazy is a myth. 01:31

  3. Historians believed that brightness of a full moon may have disturbed people's sleep schedules, causing strange behavior due to sleep deprivation. 03:27

Written by Curiosity Staff July 29, 2016

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