Salivary alpha-amylase in biobehavioral research: recent developments and applications

Title

Salivary alpha-amylase in biobehavioral research: recent developments and applications

Creator

Granger DA; Kivlighan KT; el-Sheikh M; Gordis EB; Stroud LR

Publisher

Annals Of The New York Academy Of Sciences

Date

2007

Subject

Humans; Behavior/physiology; Saliva/enzymology; alpha-Amylase/chemistry/metabolism/physiology; Biological Markers/metabolism; Salivary Proteins/chemistry/metabolism/physiology

Description

In the history of science, technical advances often precede periods of rapid accumulation of knowledge. Within the past three decades, discoveries that enabled the noninvasive measurement of the psychobiology of stress (in saliva) have added new dimensions to the study of health and human development. This widespread enthusiasm has led to somewhat of a renaissance in behavioral science. At the cutting edge, the focus is on testing innovative theoretical models of individual differences in behavior as a function of multilevel biosocial processes in the context of everyday life. Several new studies have generated renewed interest in salivary alpha-amylase (sAA) as a surrogate marker of the autonomic/sympathetic nervous system component of the psychobiology of stress. This article reviews sAA's properties and functions; presents illustrative findings relating sAA to stress and the physiology of stress, behavior, cognitive function, and health; and provides practical information regarding specimen collection and assay. The overarching intent is to accelerate the learning curve such that investigators avoid potential pitfalls associated with integrating this unique salivary analyte into the next generation of biobehavioral research.
2007

Rights

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Type

Journal Article

Citation List Month

Backlog

Pages

122-144

Volume

1098

Citation

Granger DA; Kivlighan KT; el-Sheikh M; Gordis EB; Stroud LR, “Salivary alpha-amylase in biobehavioral research: recent developments and applications,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed September 18, 2021, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/14047.

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