At least when it comes to your body’s physiological responses. If you’re a young girl.
So says a new study that studied young girls’ release of the stress hormone cortisol as well as their levels of the hormone oxytocin — thought to be important in social bonding — after a stressful public presentation. One group of girls talked to their mom on the telephone, another talked to them in person and received a hug, and a third group watched a neutral movie.
The two groups who received mom-contact — whether it was by telephone or in-person — both had much lower levels of the stress hormone than the group that had no mom contact. Both groups also had significantly more of the bonding hormone, oxytocin.
The upshot? A simple phone call to mom — if you’re a young girl ages 7 to 12 years old at least — might help reduce your stress levels and make you feel better.