Aggressive Behavior: Genetic and Neural Approaches

Aggressive Behavior: Genetic and Neural Approaches

Aggressive Behavior: Genetic and Neural Approaches

Aggressive Behavior: Genetic and Neural Approaches

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Since the heyday of research on aggression in the late 1960s, developments in several varied areas have enabled us to take a new look at this important though difficult topic. Recent findings and sophisticated new techniques in behavior genetic analysis have made it possible not only to enhance our understanding of the genetic mechanisms underlying aggressive behavior, but also to provide some reasonable suggestions as to the role of aggression in evolution. Current research in neurochemistry and neuropharmacology provide promising approaches toward understanding the neural correlates of aggression. Fortunately, together with these significant advances in genetic and neural research, there has developed a much more sophisticated and heuristic approach to the measurement and conceptualization of aggressive behavior.

The ten chapters of this volume provide a thorough overview of these new approaches and methodologies. There are also suggestions regarding the scope of future research on aggressive behavior, since much of what is presented describes the ongoing research activities of the contributors.

This book is divided into four sections: The first provides a systematic foundation for research on aggression, and a description of some of the newer strategies for research in this area; the second concerns quantitative genetic analyses, selection data from both wild and laboratory populations, and situational determinants of aggressive behavior; the third section details new and exciting findings in neurochemical and neuropharmacological effects; and the last section contains a chapter that provides a summary and synthesis of all that has come before.

The chapters of this book are based on original contributions presented at the Miami University Symposium on Social Behavior in September of 1981. How-

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