Hormones and Aggressive Behavior

  • Bruce B. Svare

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Hormonal Determinants of Aggressive Behavior

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Owen R. Floody
      Pages 39-89
    3. Bruce B. Svare, Martha A. Mann
      Pages 91-104
    4. Ronald Gandelman
      Pages 105-118
    5. Robert L. Conner, Anthony P. Constantino, George C. Scheuch
      Pages 119-144
  3. Mechanisms of Hormone Action and Aggressive Behavior

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 177-177
    2. Stephen C. Maxson, Paul Shrenker, Lynne C. Vigue
      Pages 179-196
    3. Klaus A. Miczek, Joseph F. DeBold
      Pages 313-347
  4. The Environment, Hormones, and Aggressive Behavior

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 349-349
    2. Paul F. Brain, David Benton
      Pages 351-372
    3. Ching-tse Lee, David W. Ingersoll
      Pages 373-392
  5. Hormones and Aggressive Behavior in Selected Vertebrates

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 405-405
    2. Cheryl F. Harding
      Pages 435-467
    3. Neil Greenberg, David Crews
      Pages 469-506
    4. Marie-France Bouissou
      Pages 507-533
    5. Irwin S. Bernstein, Thomas P. Gordon, Robert M. Rose
      Pages 535-561
    6. Michael D. Breed, William J. Bell
      Pages 577-590
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 591-595

About this book


This volume is an overview of research examining the relationship between hormones and aggressive behavior. The last 15 years have witnessed a tremen­ dous growth of knowledge in this area, yet reviews written by specialists are virtually nonexistent. This work is an attempt to provide a comprehensive and cohesive synthesis of this literature. Chapters 1-7 provide an analysis of hor­ monal influences on the major forms of aggressive behavior, including intermale, interfemale, shock-induced, maternal, territorial, and predatory aggression. The focus of Chapters 8-12 is an examination of the mechanisms through which hormones might act to produce changes in agonistic responding. Genetic, de­ velopmental, neural, and biochemical influences are considered. It is well known that environment, social context, and experience modulate the effects of hor­ mones on behavior. Thus, Chapters 13-15 are designed to review the literature concerning hormone-pheromone interactions, hormonal responses to compe­ tition, and the influence of social context on the endocrine system and aggressive behavior. Frequently, the principles advanced by behavioral endocrinologists are based on research in one species, the rodent. To provide a more comparative perspective and to examine specifically the generality of those principles gen­ erated for rodents, Chapters 16-22 examine hormone-aggression relationships in a variety of species, including fish, birds, amphibians, reptiles, infrahuman primates, humans, ungulates, and insects. This volume should be useful to both beginning and advanced researchers in animal behavior, behavioral endocri­ nology, physiological psychology, neuroendocrinology, zoology, physiology, and psychiatry.


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  • Bruce B. Svare
    • 1
  1. 1.State University of New York at AlbanyAlbanyUSA

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