Phoning mom may relieve daughters stress
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|Mon, 05-24-2010 - 1:25pm|
For daughters in search of a calming influence, hearing the soothing sound of their mother's voice over the phone can prompt as much hormone-induced stress relief as an actual hug, new research into brain chemistry reveals.
According to scientists from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, stressed-out daughters experienced an equally significant drop in levels of the stress hormone cortisol after exposure to either their mother's touch or her voice.
At the same time, either form of maternal intervention appeared to prompt a simultaneous jump in levels of the so-called "love hormone" oxytocin, the researchers found.
The finding was observed among a group of girls ages 7 to 12.
What are your thoughts about this study? Do you find that, as an adult, talking to your own mother on the telephone has a calming effect? If you have a daughter, does she report that talking to you on the phone has a soothing influence on her?
Community Leader of Women's Health