Assessment of the cortisol awakening response: Expert consensus guidelines.

  title={Assessment of the cortisol awakening response: Expert consensus guidelines.},
  author={Tobias Stalder and Clemens Kirschbaum and Brigitte Martina Kudielka and Emma K. Adam and Jens C. Pruessner and Stefan W{\"u}st and Samantha Dockray and Nina Smyth and Phil Evans and Dirk H. Hellhammer and Robert Miller and Mark A. Wetherell and Sonia J. Lupien and Angela Clow},
The cortisol awakening response (CAR), the marked increase in cortisol secretion over the first 30-45 min after morning awakening, has been related to a wide range of psychosocial, physical and mental health parameters, making it a key variable for psychoneuroendocrinological research. The CAR is typically assessed from self-collection of saliva samples within the domestic setting. While this confers ecological validity, it lacks direct researcher oversight which can be problematic as the… CONTINUE READING
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