Neurotransmitter-Neuroendocrine Responses to Aggression

Personality Influences
  • Gilberto Gerra
Part of the Nato ASI Series book series (NSSA, volume 292)


The biological correlates of aggressiveness have been extensively studied in humans. Decreased serotonin (5-HT) activity has been found to be involved in the pathogenesis of aggressiveness (Brown and Linnoila, 1990) and also changes in noradrenergic system function correlate with pathological aggressiveness (Coccaro et al., 1991). Contrasting data are available concerning the role of sexual steroids, prolactin and hypothalamus- pituitary adrenal axis in the aggressive behavior (Olweus et al., 1988; Constantino, 1995; Scerbo and Kolko, 1994).


Growth Hormone Personality Disorder Sexual Offender Healthy Male Subject Biological Correlate 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gilberto Gerra
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  1. 1.Centro Studi FarmacotossicodipendenzeParmaItaly

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