Measuring cortisol in human psychobiological studies.

  title={Measuring cortisol in human psychobiological studies.},
  author={Ari S Levine and Orna Zagoory-Sharon and Ruth Feldman and John G. Lewis and Aron Weller},
  journal={Physiology & behavior},
  volume={90 1},
The steroid cortisol is an extensively studied and important variable in developmental and other behavioral studies. Cortisol has been assayed by various methods using a range of substrates including blood, saliva, and urine. Cortisol in blood exists in two forms. While most is bound to carrier proteins, a small portion exists in a soluble free form. The informed choice of cortisol fraction and measurement method is critical for research. Such choices should be influenced by understanding the… CONTINUE READING

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