Since the heyday of research on aggression in the late 1960s, developments in several varied areas had enabled us to take a new look at this important though difficult topic. Recent findings and sophisticated new techniques in behavior genetic analysis at the time had 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.
Originally published in 1983, there had been significant advances in genetic and neural research and a much more sophisticated and heuristic approach to the measurement and conceptualization of aggressive behavior had developed. The ten chapters in 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.
Preface. Part 1: Systems and Methodology 1. A Systems Approach to Research on Aggressive Behavior J. P. Scott 2. New Strategies for Aggression Research Neal G. Simon Part 2: Genetics, Evolution, and Aggression 3. Genetic Architecture and the Evolution of Aggressive Behavior J. K. Hewitt and P. L. Broadhurst 4. Genetic "Artifacts" and Aggressive Behavior Martin E. Hahn 5. Genes and Aggression Kirsti M. J. Lagerspetz and Kari Y. H. Lagerspetz 6. Selection for Aggression in a Natural Population Patricia D. Ebert 7. Psychobiological Determinants of Maternal Aggressive Behavior Bruce Svare Part 3: Neural Aspects 8. Ethopharmacology of Aggression, Defense, and Defeat Klaus A. Miczek 9. Aggressive Behavior: Effects of Neural Modulation by Serotonin Michael H. Sheard Part 4: Summary 10. Synthesis and New Directions Edward C. Simmel, Martin E. Hahn and James K. Walters. Author Index. Subject Index.