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Weather conditions: a neglected factor in human salivary cortisol research?

Milas, Goran; Šupe-Domić, Daniela; Drmić-Hofman, Irena; Rumora, Lada; Martinović Klarić, Irena
Weather conditions: a neglected factor in human salivary cortisol research? // International journal of biometeorology, 62 (2018), 2; 165-175 doi:10.1007/s00484-017-1436-8 (međunarodna recenzija, članak, znanstveni)

Weather conditions: a neglected factor in human salivary cortisol research?

Milas, Goran ; Šupe-Domić, Daniela ; Drmić-Hofman, Irena ; Rumora, Lada ; Martinović Klarić, Irena

International journal of biometeorology (0020-7128) 62 (2018), 2; 165-175

Vrsta, podvrsta i kategorija rada
Radovi u časopisima, članak, znanstveni

Ključne riječi
Salivary cortisol ; HPA axis activity ; weather conditions ; climate ; naturalistic study

There is ample evidence that environmental stressors such as extreme weather conditions affect animal behavior and that this process is in part mediated through the elevated activity of the hypothalamic pituitary adrenal axis which results in an increase in cortisol secretion. This relationship has not been extensively researched in humans, and weather conditions have not been analyzed as a potential confounder in human studies of stress. Consequently, the goal of this paper was to assess the relationship between salivary cortisol and weather conditions in the course of everyday life and to test a possible moderating effect of two weather-related variables, the climate region and timing of exposure to outdoors conditions. The sample consisted of 903 secondary school students aged 18 to 21 years from Mediterranean and Continental regions. Cortisol from saliva was sampled in naturalistic settings at three time points over the course of a single day. We found that weather conditions are related to salivary cortisol concentration and that this relationship may be moderated by both the specific climate and the anticipation of immediate exposure to outdoors conditions. Unpleasant weather conditions are predictive for the level of salivary cortisol, but only among individuals who anticipate being exposed to it in the immediate future (e.g., in students attending school in the morning shift). We also demonstrated that isolatedweather conditions or their patterns may be relevant in one climate area (e.g., Continental) while less relevant in the other (e.g., Mediterranean). Results of this study draw attention to the importance of controlling weather conditions in human salivary cortisol research.

Izvorni jezik

Znanstvena područja
Temeljne medicinske znanosti, Psihologija, Etnologija i antropologija


Projekt / tema
HRZZ-IS-09.01/408 - Modernizacijski stres, mladi i migracije (Irena Martinović Klarić, )

Farmaceutsko-biokemijski fakultet, Zagreb,
Institut za društvena istraživanja , Zagreb,
KBC Split,
Institut društvenih znanosti Ivo Pilar, Zagreb,
Medicinski fakultet, Split

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  • Current Contents Connect (CCC)
  • Web of Science Core Collection (WoSCC)
    • Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXP)
    • SCI-EXP, SSCI i/ili A&HCI
  • Scopus