1st Edition

The Psychobiology of Aggression
Engines, Measurement, Control

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ISBN 9781560247159
Published January 5, 1995 by Routledge
258 Pages

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Book Description

In this extraordinarily comprehensive portrait of the present state of the psychobiology of aggression, you will find critical information on understanding and controlling this type of behavior. The authors, nationally and internationally distinguished researchers, present to the reader a critical overview of the principal areas of psychobiological research on aggression, which updates your current knowledge about the influence of biological variables on aggression. The contributors to The Psychobiology of Aggression also explore, as a secondary focus, the relevance of this topic to the field of criminal justice.

Subdivided into three sections--theoretical models, measurement, and treatment--this monograph begins to pave the way for your full understanding of the dynamics and control of aggression. The first section examines the link between aggression and sex and biological factors (testosterone, serotonin, alcohol, traumatic brain injury, hematology, and cerebral lateralization). The second reviews the measurement of brain dysfunction using neuroimaging techniques and various approaches to the measurement of aggression in children and adults using microbehavioral and psychometric methods. The third section reviews pharmacological approaches to the treatment of aggression (benzodiazepines, neuroleptics, beta-blockers, lithium, and anticonvulsants) and the link between diet and aggression.

In each chapter, the authors first present an historical review of their topic, critically review current research, outline (when appropriate) the relevance of their topic to the field of criminal justice, and make suggestions for future research.

For psychiatrists, The Psychobiology of Aggression provides specific guidelines for the psychopharmacological treatment of violent individuals, including choice of pharmacological agent, potential benefits, adverse side effects, etc. Correctional personnel benefit from the above topics and the detailed review of dietary factors in aggression control, with a special emphasis on incarcerated individuals. And for psychologists and researchers of other disciplines, it provides a current review of the major areas of psychobiological investigations related to aggression.

Table of Contents

Contents I. Overview

  • Psychobiology and Criminal Aggression
  • II: Psychobiological Engines
  • Testosterone and Aggression
  • Serotonin and Aggression
  • Alcohol and Aggression
  • Cerebral Lateralization and Aggression
  • Traumatic Brain Injury and Aggression
  • Biochemistry of Aggression: Psychohematological Model
  • Diet, Nutrition, and Aggression
  • III: Psychobiological Measurement
  • Neuroimaging and Aggression
  • Measurement of Aggression in Children With Disruptive Behavior Disorders
  • IV. Correlates of Inward and Outward Aggression
  • Suicide Risk: Amplifiers and Attenuators
  • V. Measurement by Behavior Assay
  • Sampling the Experience of Chronically Aggressive Psychiatric Inpatients
  • VI: Psychopharmacology and Aggression
  • Antipsychotics, Lithium, Benzodiazepines, Beta Blockers
  • Propranolol
  • VII. Psychopharmacological Control of Aggression
  • Anticonvulsants
  • Reference Notes Included

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