Adrenocortical attunement in mother-child dyads: importance of situational and behavioral characteristics.

  title={Adrenocortical attunement in mother-child dyads: importance of situational and behavioral characteristics.},
  author={Paula L. Ruttle and Lisa A. Serbin and Dale M. Stack and Alex E. Schwartzman and Elizabeth A. Shirtcliff},
  journal={Biological psychology},
  volume={88 1},
Synchronization of behavior, emotions and autonomic physiology in mother-child dyads is related to adaptive functioning in children. It is important to explore the possibility of "attunement", or systematic synchronization, of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis because it is sensitive to social information processing at an unconscious level. Due to limited research in humans, the present study aimed to demonstrate mother-child cortisol attunement in a human population, and examine… CONTINUE READING
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