Thursday, July 19, 2012

Fielding student Kory Floyd presents research poster at Fielding's Summer National Session 2012

Relational Affection Predicts Hormonal Responses to Stressors

Kory Floyd, Student, School of Psychology

This study tested the prediction that affectionate communication predicts elevations in the release of oxytocin in response to stressors. One hundred participants completed questionnaire and diary measures about affection in their personal relationships prior to participating in a laboratory session that included a series of standardized stressors. Both state and trait affectionate communication predicted increases in oxytocin during exposure to stressors, an effect that was not moderated by sex. The results demonstrate the stress-buffering effect of affectionate interaction.

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