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Ann Arbor, Michigan,48109
Founded in 1817, the University of Michigan (U-M) is widely recognized as one of the world's leading research universities. The hallmark of the University is the breadth of excellence across its 19 schools and colleges and the exceptional degree of interdiscip... more.
New mothers' senses are definitely heightened, likely thanks to greater amounts of the stress hormone cortisol, says Robin Edelstein, Ph.D., professor of psychology at the University of Michigan.
Cortisol levels increase quite a bit during pregnancy and stay somewhat elevated postpartum, which may help women be attentive to their infants, says Edelstein.
Robin Edelstein is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Michigan. Her work is devoted to understanding individual differences in emotional experience, regulation, and reactivity. She is particularly interested in how emotional processes unfold in an interpersonal context and the implications of these processes for close relationships.
written by Amy Moors, William Chopik, Robin Edelstein & Terri Conley
written by Amy Moors, William Chopik, Robin Edelstein & Terri Conley To answer these questions, we (Moors, Conley, Edelstein, & Chopik, 2014) asked 1,281 heterosexual people, who had never engaged in CNM, to report their anxiety and avoidance in relationships, attitudes toward CNM (e.g., "If my partner wanted to be non-monogamous, I would be open to that"), and willingness to engage in CNM (e.g., "You and your partner": "go together to swinger parties where partners are exchanged for the night"; "take on a third partner to join you in your relationship on equal terms"). In another study, we found that people in CNM relationships reported lower levels of avoidance compared to people in monogamous relationships (Moors, Conley, Edelstein, et al., 2014). Robin Edelstein Robin Edelstein is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Michigan. Her work is devoted to understanding individual...more
Robin Edelstein, associate professor of psychology at the University of Michigan stated, "We don't yet know exactly why men's hormones are changing.
The new U-M study is the first to show that the decline may begin even earlier, during the transition to fatherhood, said Robin Edelstein, the study's lead author.
"We don't yet know exactly why men's hormones are changing," said Edelstein, U-M associate professor of psychology. Edelstein and colleagues examined salivary testosterone, cortisol, estradiol and progesterone in 29 first-time expectant couples between the ages of 18 and 45. The saliva samples were obtained up to four times during the prenatal period at about 12, 20, 28 and 36 weeks of pregnancy. Women showed large prenatal increases in all four hormones, while men saw declines in testosterone (which is associated with aggression and parental care) and estradiol (which is associated with caregiving and bonding). No changes were found in men's cortisol (a stress hormone) or progesterone (which is associated with social closeness and maternal behavior). So it's not just about the presence of an infant that lowers testosterone, Edelstein said. One limitation of the new study-as it relates to lower testosterone-is that researchers do not have a comparison group of men who are not expecting a child. "Thus, we can't completely rule out the possibility that the changes are simply due to age or the passage of time," Edelstein said.
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