Adam Rutherford and Hannah Fry find out in this animated clip, inspired by their BBC Radio 4 programme.

Jeff Boone from El Paso in Texas wrote in to the BBC with a question that’s been on his mind:

“A teacher I work with swears that around the time of the full Moon kids are rowdier in the classroom, and [there’s] more marital disharmony in the community," he says. “Is there any biological reason why the Moon's phases could affect human moods and behaviour?”

To find out, the presenters of BBC Radio 4 programme The Curious Cases of Rutherford and Fry sifted through the evidence to find out if the Moon really does have strange effects. Discover the answer in the clip above.

Listen to the full episode, and subscribe to the podcast. If you have any Curious Cases for the team to solve please email mailto:curiouscases@bbc.co.uk.

Animation by Howard Timberlake

Read more about the moon’s impact on behaviour: Does a full moon make people mad?

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