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Lunar Effect or Transylvania Effect: The Moon and Mind Connection

Anil Kakunje

Keywords : Effect, Lunar, Lunatic, Moon, Transylvania

Citation Information : Kakunje A. Lunar Effect or Transylvania Effect: The Moon and Mind Connection. Ind J Priv Psychiatry 2020; 14 (2):47-50.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10067-0063

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 31-07-2021

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2020; The Author(s).


The connection between the moon and human behavior has been there for centuries. The word ‘lunatic’ comes from the Latin word “Luna” meaning moon. The belief of moon influences mind is not only among the general public but also strong among health professionals. The lunar effect (i.e., lunacy increases during certain phases of the moon) is the connection between the lunar cycle and human behavior, and “Transylvania effect” is for those who discard the idea as a fancy thinking. Research evidence has not completely resolved the debate. Mental health providers should be aware of the beliefs revolving around moon and the mind. They should ensure that they are acquainted with the scientific evidence for and against such beliefs.

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