Presentation Title

A salivary stress marker negatively correlates to forgiveness and self-compassion

Start Date

November 2016

End Date

November 2016

Location

HUB 302-50

Type of Presentation

Poster

Abstract

The role of salivary alpha amylase is known to be a stress marker, but under what psychological conditions it is produced remains unclear. We took saliva samples from 104 university students at four different phases including baseline (listening to calming beach sounds), neutral speaking (describing the layout of campus), anger recall (describing an event that made the subject angry at a 7 or above on a scale of 1 – 10), and a silent recovery period. We also had subjects fill out questionnaires that included a range of questions on self compassion, forgiveness, and anger. We diluted the saliva samples that contained alpha amylase, mixed them with 2-chloro-p-nitrophenol linked to maltotriose which turned each sample yellow due to the enzyme reaction, and had a plate reader calculate the rate of yellow formation via the absorbance of light in each sample. Quantifying the questionnaire results, the more forgiving and self compassionate someone seemed to be, the less amylase that they produced. The more anger someone had, the more amylase they produced. These results show that the physiological stress indicator alpha amylase can be modulated by the psychological traits of self compassion, forgiveness and anger.

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A salivary stress marker negatively correlates to forgiveness and self-compassion

HUB 302-50

The role of salivary alpha amylase is known to be a stress marker, but under what psychological conditions it is produced remains unclear. We took saliva samples from 104 university students at four different phases including baseline (listening to calming beach sounds), neutral speaking (describing the layout of campus), anger recall (describing an event that made the subject angry at a 7 or above on a scale of 1 – 10), and a silent recovery period. We also had subjects fill out questionnaires that included a range of questions on self compassion, forgiveness, and anger. We diluted the saliva samples that contained alpha amylase, mixed them with 2-chloro-p-nitrophenol linked to maltotriose which turned each sample yellow due to the enzyme reaction, and had a plate reader calculate the rate of yellow formation via the absorbance of light in each sample. Quantifying the questionnaire results, the more forgiving and self compassionate someone seemed to be, the less amylase that they produced. The more anger someone had, the more amylase they produced. These results show that the physiological stress indicator alpha amylase can be modulated by the psychological traits of self compassion, forgiveness and anger.