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Tag: HPA axis

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HPA Axis Attunement May Serve a Bonding Function within Women’s Close Friendships

The Role of Co-Rumination and Adrenocortical Attunement in Young Women’s Close Friendships. Author: Rankin A, et al. (2018), Psychoneuroendocrinology. ABSTRACT: Attunement, or synchrony, of behavior and physiology has been well documented in family, mother-child, and romantic relationships.  This study aimed to determine whether attunement of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis occurs in women’s close friendships, and […]

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Salivary cortisol, prematurity and developmental implications

Prematurity and perinatal adversity effects hypothalamic – pituitary – adrenal axis reactivity to social evaluative threat in adulthood. Author: Sullivan MC, et al. (2017), Developmental Psychology This study examined the long- term effects of prematurity and perinatal adversity on individual differences in stress- related reactivity and regulation of the HPA axis. A prospective sample of […]

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Differences in HPA axis activity are a function of age and cumulative risk

Individual differences in the activity of the hypothalamic pituitary adrenal axis: Relations to age and cumulative risk in early childhood Author: Holochwost SJ, et al. (2017), Psychoneuroendocrinology This study examined individual differences in the function of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis with regard to age and cumulative risk during challenging laboratory tasks administered at 6, 12, […]

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I love you from the bottom of my hypothalamus: Pair bonds & the stress response system

I love you from the bottom of my hypothalamus: The role of stress physiology in romantic pair bond formation and maintenance Author: Mercado E, et al. (2017), Social and Personality Psychology Compass Monogamous pair bonds helped solve ancestral problems pertinent to our survival as a species. In order for these pair bonds to succeed, biological […]

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Evidence supports studying cortisol and DHEA in concert

Cortisol and DHEA in development and psychopathology Author: Karmin HS, et al (2017), Hormones and Behavior Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) and cortisol are the most abundant hormones of the human fetal and adult adrenals released as end products of a tightly coordinated endocrine response to stress. Together, they mediate short- and long-term stress responses and enable physiological […]

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Study demonstrates combined effects of salivary cortisol & DHEA-S in predicting depressive symptoms

Concurrent and prospective associations between HPA axis activity and depression symptoms in newlywed women Author: Ge F, et al (2016), Psychoneuroendocrinology. We investigated the extent to which individual differences in activity of the hypothalamic pituitary adrenal axis (HPA) are associated with depressive symptoms among newlywed couples. Participants were 218 couples (M age 28.4 years; 94% […]

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Identifying sampling schemes to capture key salivary cortisol responses

Balancing Scientific Accuracy and Participant Burden: Testing the Impact of Sampling Intensity on Diurnal Cortisol Indices. Author: Hoyt LT, et al (2016), Stress. Despite the increasing popularity of incorporating salivary cortisol measurement into health and social science research, relatively little empirical work has been conducted on the number of saliva samples across the day required […]