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    Re: Can the weather affect behaviour?

    Yes it does affects behavior. People who live in sunny climates tend to be more athletic. People who live in hot humid places like Florida tend to be less inhibited about their bodies because wearing clothing can be uncomfortable. I know that I get depressed in the wintertime when there are several cloudy days on end. I usually try to go to Arizona or Florida for a couple of weeks each winter which cheers me up alot. Many people in my area who do'nt have schoolage children like to take vacations in the wintertime & go to Florida.

    Some people are more suited genetically to certain types of climates. For example slavery took root in the Southern states because Negroes were better suited to work outdoors in the humid climate of the South. But Whites were able to function well in the cooler less humid North. I know from having been down south in the summertime that the heat & high humidity can be draining physically. The climate is probably why the South has lagged behind the North economically. The South has done much better economically since air conditioning started to become widespread after WWII.

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    Re: Can the weather affect behaviour?

    When I went to college in northern california there was rarely a sunny day, lots of rain and I was constantly depressed. Now I'm in the midwest and I'm always cold and am continuously eating. I'm going to move to Arizona in a couple years, I need the sun and heat.

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    Re: Can the weather affect behaviour?

    I know that I experience depression and lassitude whenever the barometric pressure is low. This is independent of temperature and relative humidity.

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    Re: Can the weather affect behaviour?

    It seems that what some of you are describing is similar to Seasonal Affective Disorder.

    In response to the initial question:
    Quote Originally Posted by Bridie
    Does anyone have any opinions (educated or purely anecdotal - doesn't matter) on whether or not the climate of an environment can affect behaviour (en masse), and therefore help to shape culture?

    It seems to me that generally people from colder climates tend to be more reserved, highly strung/intense, shy, etc; while people from warmer climates tend to be more expressive, relaxed/easy going and outgoing.
    Here is something that might interest you:
    http://www.psychology4all.com/enviro...psychology.htm
    "I do not know what horrified me most at that time: the economic misery of my companions, their moral and ethical coarseness, or the low level of their intellectual development." Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf

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    Re: Can the weather affect behaviour?

    I have lived in nearly every quite kind of enviroment and I have met every behavioural pattern in each, in any case it is certainly proved that wind could be a cause of psychological disorder in some cases, well just in case you are a little nuts .

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    Re: Can the weather affect behaviour?

    We propose vitamin D plays a role in mental illness based on the following five reasons: a) epidemiological evidence shows an association between reduced sun exposure and mental illness, b) mental illness is associated with low 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D) levels, c) mental illness shows a significant comorbidity with illnesses thought to be associated with vitamin D deficiency, d) theoretical models (in-vitro or animal evidence) exist to explain how vitamin D deficiency may play a causative role in mental illness and e) two small studies indicate vitamin D improves mental illness.
    First, we review recent evidence concerning the hitherto unexpectedly high human requirements for vitamin D. Then, we briefly review the physiology, the toxicology and evidence for widespread vitamin D deficiency.
    Then we review epidemiological evidence that mental illness has increased as humans have migrated out of the sun followed by additional epidemiological evidence that associates vitamin D with mental illness. Studies associating season of birth with mental illness are briefly reviewed. Two small reports studied the association of low 25(OH)D levels with mental illness and both were positive....
    More - http://www.vitamindcouncil.com/menta...ss.shtml#five2

    I myself have noticed physical and mental changes while secluding myself indoors. Maybe it is the lack of human interaction as well, which can't always be a bad thing depending on the people. Of course this leads to self-dialogue or talks with the dog, maybe the flying elephant if she stops by.
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