A Neurological View of Violence

  • Jonathan H. Pincus
Part of the Applied Clinical Psychology book series


The problem of defining aggression—and thus differentiating it from violence—has already been discussed in Chapter 2 by David Crowell and continues to be an issue throughout this book. The position taken in this chapter is that it is clinically useful to consider extreme aggression or violence as a separate category of behavior. This is based on the observation that acts of repeated or extreme personal violence that are committed with little or no provocation are truly rare, as pointed out by Evans and Scheuer in Chapter 4. Considering the opportunities for this form of self-expression, physical acts of violence against persons are unusual in adulthood and even in adolescence.


Temporal Lobe Epilepsy Violent Behavior Limbic System Attentional Deficit Disorder Heroin User 


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  • Jonathan H. Pincus
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  1. 1.Department of NeurologyYale University School of MedicineNew HavenUSA

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