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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

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

R. James R. Blair

Karina S. Peschardt

Salima Budhani

Daniel S. Pine

Oxford University Press

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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