Biochemical Variables in the Study of Temperament

Purposes, Approaches, and Selected Findings
  • Petra Netter
Part of the Perspectives on Individual Differences book series (PIDF)


The present chapter will be concerned with the question why biochemical measures are employed in psychological investigations of temperament and what additional information they can provide for understanding basic mechanisms of temperament-related functions or theories. Within the limited space available, no complete review can be provided; rather, the presentation will be restricted to selected findings on peripheral catecholamines and cortisol and on central neurotransmitters which will serve as examples for elucidating salient ideas.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Petra Netter
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of GiesenGiesenFederal Republic of Germany

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