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OXYTOCIN MAY MEDIATE THE BENEFITS OF POSITIVE SOCIAL INTERACTION AND EMOTIONS 1 The purpose of this paper is to describe the neuroendocrine mechanisms of positive social interactions. 1
The long-term lowering of blood pressure and of cortisol levels as well as the sedative effects of oxytocin have been found to be related to an increased activity of central alpha 2-adrenoceptors, which may explain the health-promoting effects of certain alternative therapies. Expand
Psychosocial and Psychophysiological Effects of Human-Animal Interactions: The Possible Role of Oxytocin
It is proposed that the activation of the oxytocin system plays a key role in the majority of these reported psychological and psychophysiological effects of HAI. Expand
Short-Term Interaction between Dogs and Their Owners: Effects on Oxytocin, Cortisol, Insulin and Heart Rate—An Exploratory Study
ABSTRACT The aim of this exploratory study was to determine heart rate and the levels of oxytocin, cortisol, and insulin in dogs and their owners in response to a short-term interaction. In addition,Expand
The Effect of a Real Dog, Toy Dog and Friendly Person on Insecurely Attached Children During a Stressful Task: An Exploratory Study
ABSTRACT The regulation of stress by an attachment figure is a key feature of attachment relationships. Previous research suggests that in some cases animal companionship may be regarded as anExpand
Physiological and Endocrine Effects of Social Contact
  • K. Uvnäs-Moberg
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
  • 1 January 1997
The response pattern just described characterized by calm, relaxation, and anabolic metabolism could be regarded as an antithesis to the well known fight-flight response in which mental activation, locomotor activity, and catabolic metabolism are expressed. Expand
The psychobiology of emotion: the role of the oxytocinergic system
A component of the psychophysiological system, the calm and connection system, underlying well-being and socialization is drawn to, which enriches the understanding of emotional aspects of brain functioning. Expand
Different patterns of oxytocin, prolactin but not cortisol release during breastfeeding in women delivered by caesarean section or by the vaginal route.
Logistic regression analysis revealed mode of delivery and infant's age at first breastfeed to be the most important, independent variables showing a relation to the release pattern of oxytocin on day 2 and the duration of the exclusive breastfeeding period in the V.D. group. Expand
Early contact versus separation: effects on mother-infant interaction one year later.
Skin-to-skin contact, for 25 to 120 minutes after birth, early suckling, or both positively influenced mother-infant interaction 1 year later when compared with routines involving separation of mother and infant. Expand
Antistress Pattern Induced by Oxytocin.
  • K. Uvnäs-Moberg
  • Medicine
  • News in physiological sciences : an international…
  • 1 February 1998
Repeated oxytocin injections cause lowered blood pressure, decreased cortisol levels, increased withdrawal latency, increased release of vagally controlled gastrointestinal hormones, and increasedExpand
Effects of intrapartum oxytocin administration and epidural analgesia on the concentration of plasma oxytocin and prolactin, in response to suckling during the second day postpartum.
Oxytocin, released in a pulsatile way, and prolactin were released by breastfeeding during the second day postpartum, and women who had received oxytocin either intravenously for stimulation of labor or intramuscularly for prevention of post partum hemorrhage and/or epidural analgesia had the lowest endogenous median oxytocIn levels. Expand