The Study of Human Aggression

  • John R. Lion
  • Manoel Penna
Part of the Advances in Behavioral Biology book series (ABBI, volume 12)


Since the time of Pavlov, scientists have attempted to replicate emotional illness in man with animal models. In the area of aggression, most researchers are familiar with experimental paradigms of isolation, footshock, and septal-lesion induced aggression in rats and muricidal rats. Animal models utilizing fighting fish or certain brain preparations of other animals have been described as means of studying aggression. All these analogs of aggression have provided valuable data in the field of pharmacology and neurophysiology. Parallels have been drawn between septal-induced aggression in animals and humans with certain forms of brain dysfunction. Here, the neurophysiology may be similar, but it is now well known that there are distinct and remarkable behavioral differences between such species as cats, dogs, rats, and men with regard to the psychological effects obtained from lesions and stimulations of the same cortical areas. Analogies have been drawn between footshock or isolation-induced aggression in rats and hyperirritable states in humans ranging from hyperkinetic syndromes to the hypervigilant states accompanying paranoid or paranoid psychotic states.


Personality Disorder Organic Brain Syndrome Hypersexual Disorder Minimal Brain Dysfunction Violent Patient 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • John R. Lion
    • 1
  • Manoel Penna
    • 1
  1. 1.University of MarylandBaltimoreUSA

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