Temperament and ovarian reproductive hormones in women: evidence from a study during entire menstrual cycle
Anna Ziomkiewicz-Wichary , Szymon Wichary , Dorota Bochenek , Bogusław Pawłowski , Grażyna Jasieńska
AbstractPersonality and temperament were hypothesized to function as important factors affecting life history strategies. Recent research has demonstrated the association between temperamental traits and reproduction in humans, however, the underlying mechanisms are still poorly understood. This study presents evidence for an association between temperamental traits and woman's fecundity, as indicated by levels of ovarian steroid hormones during the menstrual cycle. On a large sample of urban, reproductive age women (n=108) we demonstrated that activity, endurance and emotional reactivity are associated with levels of estrogen and with a pattern of change of progesterone levels. Women high in activity, high in endurance and low in emotional reactivity had up to twice as high estradiol levels and more favorable progesterone profiles as women low in activity, low in endurance and high in emotional reactivity. The temperamental traits we measured highly overlap with extraversion, neuroticism and negative emotionality that were reported to correlate with reproductive success. Our findings thus suggest a possible explanation for these relationships, linking personality and women's reproductive success through a hormonal pathway.
|Journal series||Hormones and Behavior, ISSN 0018-506X, (A 35 pkt)|
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|Publication indicators||: 2014 = 1.291; : 2012 = 3.735 (2) - 2012=4.006 (5)|
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|Dorobek Naukowy - Approve URL||http://dn.swps.edu.pl/Biuro/ZatwierdzanieWpisu.aspx?WpisID=7407|
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