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Neurobiological Bases of Abnormal Aggression and Violent Behaviour

Haller, József

2014, IX, 220 p. 29 illus., 16 illus. in color.

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  • First book describing neural mechanism of abnormal aggression
  • Has an integrative approach by bringing together biology and psychopathology
  • Discusses new avenues for the research of aggression and abnormal aggression

Mechanisms controlling aggressive behavior started to be identified from late 20's of the 20th century, and subsequent research described such mechanisms in great detail. While the findings are of great relevance for the understanding of aggression per se, they provide limited insights into the mechanisms of abnormal aggression i.e. those mechanisms that underlie aggression-related psychopathologies. While basic phenomena and mechanism of aggression are presented in this book, it is the first that comprehensively describes ultimate and proximate mechanisms that transform normal (laboratory animals) or tolerable (humans) manifestations of aggressiveness into abnormal patterns in laboratory animals and aggression-related psychopathologies in humans. This book is written for behavioral neurobiologists and neuroscientists, interested in social behavior in general and aggressive behavior in particular. The book will also offer important information to neurologists and psychiatrists dealing with aggressive behavior in the clinic and ultimately, may provide means to understand, and on the long run, to discover novel approaches to the treatment of abnormal human aggression.  ​

Content Level » Research

Keywords » abnormal aggression - biological mechanism of emotional control - biology of aggression - brain imaging - neural backrounds - neurodevelopmental models

Related subjects » Animal Sciences - Neurology - Neuroscience - Psychiatry

Table of contents 

Biological roots of aggression Animal aggression.- Heritability and genetic bases.- The aggressive brain.- The hormonal milieu.- Aggression across the lifespan - development and functions.- Aggression as a factor of temperament.- Human aggression Biological background and social functions.- Deviations from the norm.- Criminal aggression.- Aggression-related psychiatric disorders.- Treatments - from psychosurgery to medications.- Neural mechanisms of abnormal aggression Psychiatric disorders and laboratory models - theoretical considerations.- Neural background of abnormal aggression in laboratory models.- Genetic models.- Neurodevelopmental models.- Hormonal models.- Neural backgrounds - common and distinctive features.- Abnormal aggression in people.- Gene polymorphisms.- Brain imaging.- Hormones.- Biology and psychopathology - an integrative view on aggression.

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