Neurobiology of Aggression

Neurobiology of Aggression : Understanding and Preventing Violence

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Aggression is a highly conserved behavioral adaptation that evolved to help org- isms compete for limited resources and thereby ensure their survival. However, in modern societies where resources such as food, shelter, etc. are not limiting, aggr- sion has become a major cultural problem worldwide presumably because of its deep seeded roots in the neuronal circuits and neurochemical pathways of the human brain. In Neurobiology of Aggression: Understanding and Preventing Violence, leading experts in the fields of the neurobiology, neurochemistry, genetics, and behavioral and cultural aspects of aggression and violence provide a comprehensive collection of review articles on one of the most important cross-disciplinary issues of our time. Rather than summarize the topics covered by each author in each chapter, I present a schematic diagram to guide the reader in thinking about different aspects of aggr- sive and violent behavior from its neurobiological roots to environmental factors that can either promote or prevent aggression to visions of some of the most horrific acts of violence of our times, and then towards the development of strategies to reduce aggressive behavior and prevent violence. It is hoped that Neurobiology of Aggression: Understanding and Preventing V- lence will foster further research aimed at understanding the environmental genetic and neurochemical roots of aggression and how such information can be used to move forward towards the goal of eliminating violence.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 324 pages
  • 157.48 x 233.68 x 22.86mm | 521.63g
  • Humana Press Inc.
  • Totowa, NJ, United States
  • English
  • 2003 ed.
  • biography
  • 158829188X
  • 9781588291882

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"...the volume successfully conveys the recent advances in aggression research and illustrates the value of multidisciplinary approaches to the study of complex behaviors...Highly recommended." -- CHOICEshow more

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Excessive human aggression has become a major social problem worldwide, presumably because of its deep roots in the neuronal circuits and neurochemical pathways of the human brain. In Neurobiology of Aggression: Understanding and Preventing Violence, leading researchers and physicians review the cellular and molecular basis of aggression and show how the nerve cell circuitry and the neurochemistry that mediate aggressive behavior are modified by various environmental and genetic factors. The authors consider in detail the nerve cell circuits of the brain that control aggressive behaviors, focusing on their links to cognition and the neurotransmitter pathways that either promote or suppress violent behavior. They also examine how family environment, early life experiences, exposure to violent video games and movies, religion, and substance abuse affect violent behaviors, including participation in gangs and terrorist organizations. Various behavioral and pharmacological approaches are presented for preventing and treating individual aggression. Drawing on insights from neurobiology, neurochemistry, genetics, behavior science, and cultural studies, Neurobiology of Aggression: Understanding and Preventing Violence offers specialists and educated laymen a comprehensive yet concise science-based view of why people carry out violent acts against innocent victims and how an understanding of brain function can be used to limit further violence.show more

Table of contents

Cortical and Limbic Neural Circuits Mediating Aggressive Behavior Thomas R. Gregg Emotion Regulation: An Affective Neuroscience Approach R. James R. Blair and Dennis S. Charney The Serotonergic Dimension of Aggression and Violence Klaus Peter Lesch The Neurochemical Genetics of Serotonin in Aggression, Impulsivity, and Suicide Mark D. Underwood and J. John Mann Behavioral and Neuropharmacological Differentiation of Offensive and Defensive Aggression in Experimental and Seminaturalistic Models Philip M. Wall, D. Caroline Blanchard, and Robert J. Blanchard Neuroendocrine Stress Responses and Aggression Jozsef Haller and Menno R. Kruk Y Chromosome and Antisocial Behavior Pierre L. Roubertoux and Michele Carlier Aggression in Psychiatric Disorders Shari R. Kohn and Gregory M. Asnis Aggression in Brain Injury, Aging, and Neurodegenerative Disorders Mark P. Mattson Environmental Factors and Aggression in Nonhuman Primates Michael Lawrence Wilson Aggression, Biology, and Context: Deja-Vu All Over Again? Rebecca M. Young and Evan Balaban The Family Environment in Early Life and Aggressive Behavior in Adolescents and Young Adults Sven Barnow and Harald-J. Freyberger Television and Movies, Rock Music and Music Videos, and Computer and Video Games: Understanding and Preventing Learned Violence in the Information Age, Susan Villani and Nandita Joshi Social Drinking and Aggression Kathryn Graham Cognitive-Behavioral Intervention for Childhood Aggressions Cynthia Hudley Pharmacological Intervention in Aggression Debra V. McQuade, R. Joffree Barrnett, and Bryan H. King Indexshow more

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