Methodological considerations in the use of salivary alpha-amylase as a stress marker in field research.
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Abstract Salivary alpha-amylase recently has been identified as a stress-related biomarker for autonomic nervous system activity. This study addresses sample collection and handling considerations for field researchers. Saliva was collected by unstimulated passive drool from 14 adults and pooled. Incubation of pooled saliva at 22 or 37 degrees C for 21 days did not diminish amylase activity. However, sodium azide added at concentrations