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Neurobiology of Aggression and Rage

1st Edition

By Allan Siegel

CRC Press

312 pages | 86 B/W Illus.

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While other books concentrate on the different facets of aggression, these publications tend to focus on a single aspect of the subject and do not make any attempt to integrate biology and behavior. This lack of integration in the literature has created a major gap in our current understanding of the factors that influence aggressive actions.

The Neurobiology of Aggression and Rage is an up-to-date review and analysis of the biological factors and processes involved in the expression and control of rage and aggressive behavior. Focusing on the understanding of the anatomical substrates of the major forms of aggression, the text also examines their basic underlying physiological, neurochemical, and genetic mechanisms. It integrates various levels of analysis, including neuroanatomical, neurophysiological, genetic, and neurochemical, in which homologies are shown between humans and lower forms with respect to normal and abnormal expressions of aggressive behavior.

Written by a renowned researcher who has dedicated the past 40 years to studying the neurobiology of aggression and rage, this unique book updates our knowledge of the facts, issues, theories, and scientific approaches used in the study of aggressive processes. It provides insight and education for society and may ultimately lead to improved therapies to help control this misunderstood emotion.

Table of Contents

Introduction: What is Aggression?

The History of the Neurology of Aggression and Rage

The Neuroanatomy of Aggression and Rage

Physiological Processes and Mechanisms: The Diencephalon and Brainstem

Limbic System I: Behavioral, Anatomical and Physiological Considerations

Limbic System II: Functional Neuroanatomy

The Neurochemistry of Rage and Aggression

Aggression and Hormonal Status

Aggression and Immune Function

Genetics and Aggression

Future Directions and Perspectives

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Psychiatry / General
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / General
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Neuroscience