Population and Molecular Genetics of Anger and Aggression: Current State of the Art

  • Martin ReuterEmail author


Twin and adoption studies have demonstrated that about half of the variance in the aggression–hostility–anger (AHA) syndrome can be accounted for by genes. This strong heritability gives rise to the question which genes influence this facet of our personality that determines the proclivity for being aggressive or angry. Due to revolutionary progress in the field of molecular genetics over the last years first candidate genes for AHA have been identified. This chapter gives a short introduction in population and molecular genetics of anger and aggression. The most influential findings are reviewed. It becomes apparent that besides variations on genes coding for gonadal hormones, polymorphisms of serotonergic and dopaminergic neurotransmitter genes seem to be more relevant. Future perspectives in molecular genetic research are discussed that will help to unravel the genetic underpinnings of anger and aggression.


Genetic Association Study Dizygotic Twin Androgen Receptor Gene COMT Gene TPH1 Gene 
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of BonnBonnGermany

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