Category: Cortisol

New study shows surprise in Hormone levels in babies, toddlers

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large_baby1.jpgThe Corisol Awakening Response, or CAR, an increase of 

about 50% in cortisol levels occurring 20–30 minutes after awakening in the morning in some people, is the focus of a new study from UGA researchers.

For the first time, psychology researchers from the University of Georgia Franklin College of Arts and Sciences have shown that this response for infants is opposite of what it is for adults. The new information could have implications for how infants handle stress and why proper care from their mothers could affect how growing children react to cortisol in later life.