Lunar cycle effects on sleep and the file drawer problem
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SourceCurrent Biology, 24, 12, (2014), pp. R549-5R50
Article / Letter to editor
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PI Group Memory & Emotion
Subject130 000 Cognitive Neurology & Memory; Radboudumc 13: Stress-related disorders DCMN: Donders Center for Medical Neuroscience
Popular beliefs about the influence of the full moon on humans exist, although no solid evidence has so far confirmed these ideas . Cajochen et al. recently presented fascinating data on lunar cycle effects on human sleep. However, in a re-analysis of sleep electroencephalography (EEG) data in three large samples, we were unable to replicate their findings. In addition, we identified further mostly unpublished null findings, suggesting that the conflicting results might be an example of a publication bias (i.e., the file drawer problem).
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