Shelley E. Taylor
Department of Psychology
1282A Franz Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Phone: (310) 825-7648
Until recently, the biosocial mechanisms underlying human affiliative responses to stress have remained largely unknown. Our previous research suggests that oxytocin and endogenous opioid peptides are implicated in these responses, especially in women. Our current research assesses whether oxytocin acts roughly as a social thermostat that is responsive to adequacy of social resources, that prompts affiliative behavior if those resources fall below an adequate level, and that reduces biological and psychological stress responses, once positive social contacts are reestablished.
Taylor, S. E.(2007). Social support. In H.S. Friedman and R.C. Silver (Eds.), Foundations of Health Psychology (pp.145-171). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
Repetti, R. L., Taylor, S. E., & Saxbe, D. (2007). The influence of early socialization experiences on the development of biological systems. In J. Grusec and P. Hastings (Eds.), Handbook of Socialization (pp.124-152). New York, NY: Guilford.
Taylor, S. E. & Gonzaga, G. (2007). Affiliative responses to stress: A social neuroscience model. In E. Harmon-Jones and P. Winkielman (Eds.) Social Neuroscience: Integrating Biological and Psychological Explanations of Social Behavior (pp. 454-473). New York, NY: Guilford Publications.
Taylor, S. E., Saxbe, D., & Eisenberger, N. I. (in press). Early family environment and emotion regulation. In S. Yoshikawa (Ed.), Emotional Mind. Tokyo: Springer-Verlag.
Taylor, S. E., Welch, W. T., Kim, H. S., & Sherman, D. K. (in press). Cultural differences in the impact of social support on psychological and biological stress responses. Psychological Science.
Taylor, S.E., Gonzaga, G., Klein, L.C., Hu, P., Greendale, G.A., & Seeman S.E. (2006). Relation of oxytocin to psychological and biological stress responses in older women. Psychosomatic Medicine, 68, 238-245.
Taylor, S.E. (2002). The tending instinct: How nurturing is essential to who we are and how we live. New York: Holt.
Taylor, S.E., Klein, L.C., Lewis, B.P., Gruenewald, T.L., Gurung, R.A.R., & Updegraff, J.A. (2000). Biobehavioral responses to stress in females: Tend-and-befriend, not fight-or-flight. Psychological Review,107, 411-429.
For a complete list of Shelley Taylor's publications visit: http://taylorlab.psych.ucla.edu