Neurobiology of Aggression in Children

R. James R. Blair, Karina S. Peschardt, Salima Budhani and Daniel S. Pine

in Biology of Aggression

Published in print September 2005 | ISBN: 9780195168761
Published online May 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199865444 | DOI:
 							Neurobiology of Aggression in Children

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This chapter reviews neurobiological risk factors for aggression in children. It begins by considering two general positions that have received considerable attention with respect to aggression in children: the frontal lobe and fear dysfunction positions. It then considers a fundamental difficulty with these types of general account of aggression in children—that they implicitly assume all aggression is mediated by the same neural architecture. It argues that a distinction must be made between reactive and instrumental aggression. The neurobiological risk factors for reactive and instrumental aggression are discussed.

Keywords: aggressive behavior; frontal lobe; fear dysfunction; reactive aggression; instrumental aggression

Chapter.  12625 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neuroscience

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