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Saliva cortisol and yawning as a predictor of neurological disease.

Thompson, S., 2016. Saliva cortisol and yawning as a predictor of neurological disease. In: 18th International Conference on Psychology and Psychiatry, 8-9 April 2016, Dubai, UAE.

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Cortisol is important to our immune system, regulates stress response, and is a factor in maintaining brain temperature. Saliva cortisol is a practical and useful non-invasive measurement that signifies the presence and levels of the important hormone. Electrical activity in the jaw muscles typically rises when the muscles are moved and with yawning and is found to be correlated with cortisol levels. In two studies using identical paradigms, a total of 108 healthy subjects were exposed to yawning-provoking stimuli so that their cortisol levels and electrical nerve impulses from their jaw muscles was recorded. It is highly correlated with cortisol levels in healthy people. The Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale, Yawning Susceptibility Scale, General Health Questionnaire, demographic, health details were collected and exclusion criteria applied for voluntary recruitment: chronic fatigue, diabetes, fibromyalgia, heart condition, high blood pressure, hormone replacement therapy, multiple sclerosis, stroke. Significant differences were found between the saliva cortisol samples for the yawners as compared with the non-yawners between rest and post-stimuli. Significant evidence supports the Thompson Cortisol Hypothesis that suggests rises in cortisol levels are associated with yawning. Ethics approval granted and professional code of conduct, confidentiality, and safety issues are approved therein.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords:cortisol; diagnosis; neurological disease; thompson cortisol hypothesis; yawning
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:23362
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:04 Apr 2016 10:51
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 13:55


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