Thyroid hormone correlates of sensation seeking and anxiety in healthy human females

Ferran Balada, Rafael Torrubia, Josep Maria Arqué

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    The present study explores the relationships among a number of personality measures (the Sensation-Seeking Scale. SSS: the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory, and the Susceptibility to Punishment Scale) and some parameters of the pituitary-thyroid axis. The study was carried out on a group of 37 physically and mentally fit female volunteers, none of whom had a personal history of psychiatric or endocrinologic illness. The subjects were controlled for the menstrual cycle. The most relevant result was a significant negative relationship between the SSS score and plasma basal levels of thyroxine (T<inf>4</inf>and thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH). Interaction between T<inf>4</inf>and TSH levels with trait anxietv was also observed. © 1992 S. Karger AG, Basel.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)208-213
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1992


    • Sensation seeking scale
    • State-trait anxiety inventory
    • Susceptibility to punishment scale
    • Thyroid-stimulating hormone
    • Thyroxine


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