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Biology of Aggression$
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Randy J. Nelson

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195168761

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195168761.001.0001

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Development of Aggression

Development of Aggression

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Biology of Aggression

Yvon Delville

Matt L. Newman

Joel C. Wommack

Kereshmeh Taravosh-Lahn

M. Catalina Cervantes

Oxford University Press

This chapter begins with a discussion of the development of agonistic behavior in mammals. It then discusses the adaptive value of play and play fighting, sex differences and hormonal control of play fighting, neural control of play fighting, and controlling the time course of the maturation of agonistic behavior. It shows a correlation between that maturation of aggressive behavior and maturation of the the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis (HPA). The HPA axis controls the maturation of aggressive behavior during puberty. It is also likely that adrenarche, the onset of the activity of the HPA axis, controls the appearance of aggressive responses before puberty. This regulation mechanism may provide an explanation for interactions between genes and the environment, as the activity of the HPA axis differs between individuals and can be affected by external stimuli, such as stress.

Keywords:   agonistic behavior, aggressive behavior, play fighting, HPA, stress

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