Experimental Analysis of Aggression and Its Neural Basis
At the present time there is no universally accepted definition of aggression, but one could probably get some agreement that threat and attack, even when done in the course of defense, are matters of major interest. Most would also say that exchanges between members of the same species were of particular importance. If we take this as a starting point for our inquiry into the neural basis of aggression, we are immediately confronted with the fact that what knowledge we have of the topic is not restricted to exchanges between members of the same species. There are two kinds of behavior whose neural basis is relatively clear. The classical rage syndrome seems to be defensive behavior in which threat and attack are major elements. The animal defends itself against various species, as potential sources of danger. On the other hand, quiet attack which is highly lethal, and relatively devoid of threat, is directed against members of the same and of other species.
KeywordsElectrical Stimulation Neural Mechanism Neural Basis Defensive Behavior Noxious Stimulation
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