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Article: Humor attenuates the cortisol awakening response in healthy older men

TitleHumor attenuates the cortisol awakening response in healthy older men
Authors
KeywordsCoping humor
Cortisol awakening response
Older men
Salivary cortisol
Issue Date2010
PublisherElsevier BV. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/biopsycho
Citation
Biological Psychology, 2010, v. 84 n. 2, p. 375-380 How to Cite?
AbstractThis study examined the impact of an important factor contributing to successful aging, humor, on post-awakening cortisol levels among a group of 45 older men whose ages ranged from 64 years to 86 years (mean=73.6 years). Four saliva samples were collected from the participants for 2 days immediately after waking and every 15min thereafter for three times. Cortisol data of the 2 days were aggregated for analysis. Two separate indices of cortisol awakening response reflecting the mean level of secretion and the rise from immediately to 45min post-awakening, AUCG and AUCI, were computed using the trapezoid formula. The relation of these two indices to humor (operationalized as coping) was examined in a multiple regression analysis while controlling for the effect of age, socioeconomic status, and self-esteem. Results indicated that higher humor scores were associated with lower AUCG but had no relation with AUCI. Findings of the present study suggest that the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenocortical axis is the major pathway whereby positive psychological dispositions, such as humor, exert their health effects in the aging population. Moreover, cortisol levels in the awakening period may be particularly sensitive to the influences of psychosocial factors. © 2010 Elsevier B.V.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/65469
ISSN
2015 Impact Factor: 3.234
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 2.008
ISI Accession Number ID
Funding AgencyGrant Number
City University Research GrantSRG-Fd 7002199
Funding Information:

Support of this study was provided by a City University Research Grant (project no.: SRG-Fd 7002199). Parts of the data reported in this paper have been presented at the 40th Annual Conference of the International Society of Psychoneuroendocrinology, 23-26 July 2009, San Francisco, US.

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dc.contributor.authorLai, JCLen_HK
dc.contributor.authorChong, AMLen_HK
dc.contributor.authorSiu, OTen_HK
dc.contributor.authorEvans, Pen_HK
dc.contributor.authorChan, CLWen_HK
dc.contributor.authorHo, RTHen_HK
dc.date.accessioned2010-08-10T01:51:06Z-
dc.date.available2010-08-10T01:51:06Z-
dc.date.issued2010en_HK
dc.identifier.citationBiological Psychology, 2010, v. 84 n. 2, p. 375-380en_HK
dc.identifier.issn0301-0511en_HK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/65469-
dc.description.abstractThis study examined the impact of an important factor contributing to successful aging, humor, on post-awakening cortisol levels among a group of 45 older men whose ages ranged from 64 years to 86 years (mean=73.6 years). Four saliva samples were collected from the participants for 2 days immediately after waking and every 15min thereafter for three times. Cortisol data of the 2 days were aggregated for analysis. Two separate indices of cortisol awakening response reflecting the mean level of secretion and the rise from immediately to 45min post-awakening, AUCG and AUCI, were computed using the trapezoid formula. The relation of these two indices to humor (operationalized as coping) was examined in a multiple regression analysis while controlling for the effect of age, socioeconomic status, and self-esteem. Results indicated that higher humor scores were associated with lower AUCG but had no relation with AUCI. Findings of the present study suggest that the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenocortical axis is the major pathway whereby positive psychological dispositions, such as humor, exert their health effects in the aging population. Moreover, cortisol levels in the awakening period may be particularly sensitive to the influences of psychosocial factors. © 2010 Elsevier B.V.en_HK
dc.languageeng-
dc.publisherElsevier BV. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/biopsychoen_HK
dc.relation.ispartofBiological Psychologyen_HK
dc.rightsBiological Psychology. Copyright © Elsevier BV.-
dc.subjectCoping humoren_HK
dc.subjectCortisol awakening responseen_HK
dc.subjectOlder menen_HK
dc.subjectSalivary cortisolen_HK
dc.titleHumor attenuates the cortisol awakening response in healthy older menen_HK
dc.typeArticleen_HK
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