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Biology of Aggression

Randy J. Nelson


The primary goal of this book is to summarize and synthesize recent advances in the biological study of aggression. Other than maternal aggression, most aggressive encounters among human and non-human animals represent a male proclivity; thus, most of the research in this book describes and discusses studies using the most appropriate murine model: testosterone-dependent offensive inter-male aggression, which is typically measured in resident-intruder or isolation-induced aggression tests. The research emphasizes various molecules that have been linked to aggression tests. It also emphasizes v ... More

Keywords: aggressive encounters, male proclivity, murine model, testosterone, inter-male aggression, gene-targeting, pharmacological techniques, androgens, serotonin, GABA

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Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780195168761
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195168761.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Randy J. Nelson, editor
Ohio State University

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1 Genetic Aspects of Aggressions in Nonhuman Animals

Stephen C. Maxson, and Andrew Canastar

2 Human Quantitative Genetics of Aggression

Daniel M. Blonigen, and Robert F. Krueger

3 Crustacean Models of Aggression

Donald H. Edwards, and Jens Herberholz


4 Brain Serotonin and Aggressive Disposition in Humans and Nonhuman Primates

Stephen B. Manuck, Jay R. Kaplan, and Francis E. Lotrich

5 Monoamines, GABA, Glutamate, and Aggression

Klaus A. Miczek, and Eric W. Fish

6 Nitric Oxide and Aggression

Silvana Chiavegatto, Gregory E. Demas, and Randy J. Nelson


8 Contexts and Ethology of Vertebrate Aggression: Implications for the Evolution of Hormone-Behavior Interactions

John C. Wingfield, Ignacio T. Moore, Wolfgang Goymann, Douglas W. Wacker, and Todd Sperry

9 Androgens and Aggression

Neal G. Simon, and Shi-Fang Lu

10 The Role of Estrogen Receptors in the Regulation of Aggressive Behaviors

Sonoko Ogawa, Masayoshi Nomura, Elena Choleris, and Donald Pfaff

11 Maternal Aggression

Stephen C. Gammie, and Joseph S. Lonstein

12 Stress and Aggressive Behaviors

D. Caroline Blanchard, and Robert J. Blanchard


13 Conditioned Defeat

Kim L. Huhman, and Aaron M. Jasnow

14 Development of Aggression

Yvon Delville, Matt L. Newman, Joel C. Wommack, Kereshmeh Taravosh-Lahn, and M. Catalina Cervantes

15 Neurobiology of Aggression in Children

R. James R. Blair, Karina S. Peschardt, Salima Budhani, and Daniel S. Pine


16 Drugs of Abuse and Aggression

Jill M. Grimes, Lesley Ricci, Khampaseuth Rasakham, and Richard H. Melloni, Jr.

17 Psychopharmacology of Human Aggression: Laboratory and Clinical Studies

Don R. Cherek, Oleg V. Tcheremissine, and Scott D. Lane