Neurophysiological Approaches to the Study of Aggression

  • Adrian A. Perachio
  • Margery Alexander
Part of the Advances in Behavioral Biology book series (ABBI, volume 12)


The development of techniques for the neurophysiological investigation of the unanesthetized central nervous system of behaving organisms has provided a number of important innovations for the study of aggression. In this presentation, I will discuss two methods: electrical stimulation and electrophysiological recording of the activity of the central nervous system. Of these, the former has been more widely applied in research on aggressive behavior. Thus far, recording methods have been used relatively infrequently. A discussion of the advantages and limitations of each of the two approaches may offer some reasons for the apparent difference in popularity of the two techniques and may indicate how each set of methods may be used in future research in the problem area of the neural mechanisms underlying social aggression.


Electrical Stimulation Rhesus Monkey Preoptic Area Agonistic Behavior Inanimate Object 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Adrian A. Perachio
    • 1
  • Margery Alexander
    • 1
  1. 1.Emory UniversityAtlantaUSA

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