Testosterone and Prolactin Are Associated with Emotional Responses to Infant Cries in New Fathers

@article{Fleming2002TestosteroneAP,
  title={Testosterone and Prolactin Are Associated with Emotional Responses to Infant Cries in New Fathers},
  author={Alison S. Fleming and Carl M. Corter and Joy F. Stallings and Meir Steiner},
  journal={Hormones and Behavior},
  year={2002},
  volume={42},
  pages={399-413}
}
To determine the responsiveness of new fathers and non-fathers toward infant cues, we exposed fathers and non-fathers to infant cries and to control stimuli and we measured affective, heart-rate, and endocrine responses, including salivary testosterone and cortisol and plasma prolactin concentrations prior to and after cry presentations. We found that (1) fathers hearing the cry stimuli felt more sympathetic and more alert compared to groups who did not hear the cries or to non-fathers who… Expand
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