Neurological Factors

  • Frank A. Elliott


The socioeconomic and cultural contributions to human destructiveness within the family circle are so many and so obvious that the roles of developmental and acquired neuro-psychological defects and metabolic disorders are often overlooked. In this chapter the emphasis given to biological factors in relation to pathologically aggressive behavior is not intended to derogate the importance of psychosocial forces, but rather is a reminder that to discuss aggression only in terms of such forces is somewhat like considering a car’s performance without reference to the efficiency of its engine, steering, and brakes. It is obvious that severe damage in appropriate areas of the brain can impair cognition, perception, emotions, and behavior, but more subtle defects of the associational neocortex and limbic system can, and often do, escape detection unless special methods of investigation are used.


Temporal Lobe Domestic Violence Antisocial Behavior Temporal Lobe Epilepsy Family Violence 
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  • Frank A. Elliott
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  1. 1.Department of Neurology, Pennsylvania HospitalUniversity of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA

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