© 2003

Neurobiology of Aggression

Understanding and Preventing Violence

  • Mark P. Mattson

Part of the Contemporary Neuroscience book series (CNEURO)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. R. James, R. Blair, Dennis S. Charney
    Pages 21-32
  3. Jozsef Haller, Menno R. Kruk
    Pages 93-118
  4. Pierre L. Roubertoux, Michèle Carlier
    Pages 119-134
  5. Shari R. Kohn, Gregory M. Asnis
    Pages 135-149
  6. Michael Lawrence Wilson
    Pages 167-190
  7. Rebecca M. Young, Evan Balaban
    Pages 191-211
  8. Kathryn Graham
    Pages 253-274
  9. Debra V. McQuade, R. Joffree Barrnett, Bryan H. King
    Pages 289-313
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 315-324

About this book


Excessive human aggression has become a major social problem worldwide, presumably because of its deep roots in the neuronal circuits and neurochemical pathways of the human brain. In Neurobiology of Aggression: Understanding and Preventing Violence, leading researchers and physicians review the cellular and molecular basis of aggression and show how the nerve cell circuitry and the neurochemistry that mediate aggressive behavior are modified by various environmental and genetic factors. The authors consider in detail the nerve cell circuits of the brain that control aggressive behaviors, focusing on their links to cognition and the neurotransmitter pathways that either promote or suppress violent behavior. They also examine how family environment, early life experiences, exposure to violent video games and movies, religion, and substance abuse affect violent behaviors, including participation in gangs and terrorist organizations. Various behavioral and pharmacological approaches are presented for preventing and treating individual aggression.
Drawing on insights from neurobiology, neurochemistry, genetics, behavior science, and cultural studies, Neurobiology of Aggression: Understanding and Preventing Violence offers specialists and educated laymen a comprehensive yet concise science-based view of why people carry out violent acts against innocent victims and how an understanding of brain function can be used to limit further violence.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Mark P. Mattson
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratory of Neurosciences, Gerontology Research CenterNational Institute on AgingBaltimoreUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Neurobiology of Aggression
  • Book Subtitle Understanding and Preventing Violence
  • Editors Mark P Mattson
  • Series Title Contemporary Neuroscience
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Humana Press 2003
  • Publisher Name Humana Press, Totowa, NJ
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-58829-188-2
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-61737-410-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-59259-382-8
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 324
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Neurosciences
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"...the volume successfully conveys the recent advances in aggression research and illustrates the value of multidisciplinary approaches to the study of complex behaviors...Highly recommended." -- CHOICE