Article Summary : Love And Blood Glucose Levels

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Article Summary: Love and Blood Glucose Levels Stanton, Campbell and Loving (2014) evaluated the effects of physically seeing a loved one on one’s immediate health, such as blood glucose levels. Past studies have concluded that being in a relationship does indeed produce stress responses (Loving, Heffner & Kiecolt-Glaser, 2006, as cited in Stanton, Campbell and Loving, 2014). However, the type of stress exhibited depends on the relationship; if it’s an unhealthy relationship, typically distress is the response. Conversely, if the relationship is a healthy one, eustress is the response. When comparing different relationships, passionate ones specifically can increase the activity of SAM and HPA pathways; sympathetic-adrenal-medullary and…show more content…
The aim of the study was to empirically test whether stress responses are related positive feelings associated with love and being in a relationship and to clearly define the connections between beneficial relationship stimuli and the physiological responses associated with that stimuli (Stanton, Campbell and Loving, 2014). Based on the previous studies reviewed, Stanton, Campbell and Loving (2014) hypothesized that participants who were told to think about their partner would display higher blood glucose levels than those who were asked to reflect on their morning routine or a friend of the opposite sex. They also predicted that this increase in blood glucose levels would give those thinking about their partner positive emotions. Stanton, Campbell and Loving assessed 183 individuals (133 women and 50 men). They ranged in age from 18 to 41 and were currently in relationships lasting as short as one month or as long as thirteen years. The independent variable was what each individual was asked to reflect on; morning routine, opposite-sex friend or their partner. The dependent variables were the measured blood glucose levels and positive affect subsequent to the reflections. Participants were asked to not drink or eat 3 hours before the experiment; this was to ensure that their blood glucose levels were stabilized. All groups provided their first glucose sample and then each person was randomly assigned to a group; morning routine reflection,
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