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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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Neurobiology of Aggression in Children

Neurobiology of Aggression in Children

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(p.351) 15 Neurobiology of Aggression in Children
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Biology of Aggression
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R. James R. Blair

Karina S. Peschardt

Salima Budhani

Daniel S. Pine

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195168761.003.0015

This chapter reviews neurobiological risk factors for aggression in children. It begins by considering two general positions that have received considerable attention with respect to aggression in children: the frontal lobe and fear dysfunction positions. It then considers a fundamental difficulty with these types of general account of aggression in children—that they implicitly assume all aggression is mediated by the same neural architecture. It argues that a distinction must be made between reactive and instrumental aggression. The neurobiological risk factors for reactive and instrumental aggression are discussed.

Keywords:   aggressive behavior, frontal lobe, fear dysfunction, reactive aggression, instrumental aggression

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