Neurobiology of maternal stress: Role of social rank and central oxytocin in hypothalamic-pituitary adrenal axis modulation
Skin Physiological Phenomena
Pairing of maternal social rank to dyadic distance in VFD presumably reduces maternal contingent responsivity, with ensuing long-term sequelae. VFD-exposure dichotomizes maternal HPA-axis response as a function of social rank with relatively reduced cortisol in subordinates. OT may serve as a homeostatic buffer during maternal stress exposure.