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Touch attenuates infants' physiological reactivity to stress.
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PMID:  20136923     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Animal studies demonstrate that maternal touch and contact regulate infant stress, and handling during periods of maternal deprivation attenuates the stress response. To measure the effects of touch on infant stress reactivity during simulated maternal deprivation, 53 dyads were tested in two paradigms: still-face (SF) and still-face with maternal touch (SF+T). Maternal and infant cortisol levels were sampled at baseline, reactivity, and recovery and mother's and infant's cardiac vagal tone were measured during the free play, still-face, and reunion episodes of the procedure. Cortisol reactivity was higher among infants in the SF condition and while cortisol decreased at recovery for infants in the SF+T, it further increased for those in the SF. Vagal tone showed a greater suppression when SF was not accompanied by maternal touch. Touch synchrony during free play was associated with higher infant vagal tone, whereas touch myssynchrony--maternal tactile stimulation while the infant gaze averts--correlated with higher maternal and infant cortisol. In humans, as in mammals, the provision of touch during moments of maternal unavailability reduces infants' physiological reactivity to stress.
Ruth Feldman; Magi Singer; Orna Zagoory
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Developmental science     Volume:  13     ISSN:  1467-7687     ISO Abbreviation:  Dev Sci     Publication Date:  2010 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-02-08     Completed Date:  2010-04-27     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9814574     Medline TA:  Dev Sci     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  271-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychology and the Gonda Brain Sciences Center, Bar-Ilan University, Israel.
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MeSH Terms
Adaptation, Psychological / physiology
Child Development / physiology*
Heart / innervation
Hydrocortisone / analysis
Infant Behavior / physiology*
Maternal Deprivation*
Mother-Child Relations*
Saliva / chemistry
Stress, Psychological / physiopathology*
Touch / physiology*
Vagus Nerve / physiology
Young Adult
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