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.
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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.
  • X, 324 p.
  • 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." -- CHOICE
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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.
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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

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