Crisis calls and lunar cycles: a twenty-year review

Psychol Rep. 1992 Dec;71(3 Pt 1):779-85. doi: 10.2466/pr0.1992.71.3.779.


12 studies are reviewed that have examined the relationships among crisis calls to police stations, poison centers, and crisis intervention centers and the synodic lunar cycle. On the basis of the studies considered it is concluded that no good foundation exists for the belief that lunar phase is related to the frequency of crisis calls. In addition, there is no evidence whatsoever for the contention that calls of a more emotional or "out-of-control" nature occur more often at the full moon.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Crisis Intervention / statistics & numerical data*
  • Hotlines / statistics & numerical data*
  • Humans
  • Moon*
  • Risk Factors