Moms feed us, read to us, clap the loudest, cry the hardest, sit front row at recorder recitals, write notes in our lunchboxes and promise that the hole in our hearts after a break-up won’t stay there forever. So maybe it just makes sense that the sound of our moms’ voices triggers a physical hormonal response that comforts and de-stresses.
As Wired first reported, new research, published in the journal Evolution and Human Behavior, found that conversations with mom, over the phone or in person, were associated with a drop in cortisol, a steroid hormone that is released in response to stress. The mama chats also helped raise levels of oxytocin, a hormone linked to desire and gratification. But mom talks had no effect if they happened over text or instant messenger.
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