Oxytocin effects on resting-state heart rate variability in women: The role of childhood rearing experiences

D. Schoormans, W.J. Kop, L.E. Kunst, M.M.E. Riem*

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Abstract

Oxytocin is known for its stress-reducing effects and has been associated with autonomic nervous system measures (ANS) involved in the stress response, such as heart rate variability (HRV). The current study examined the effects of intranasal oxytocin on HRV among women (oxytocin N ​= ​87, placebo N ​= ​86) during rest. Results show that oxytocin reduced RMSSD and low frequency (LF)-HRV, but only in women with positive childhood rearing experiences, and not in women with negative childhood experiences. These findings suggest that oxytocin plays a role in ANS regulation and that childhood rearing experiences may influence oxytocin effects on this stress regulating system.
Original languageEnglish
Article number100007
JournalComprehensive Psychoneuroendocrinology
Volume3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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