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Discuss the role of neural and hormonal mechanisms in aggression. (24 marks)

Testosterone is a hormone produced in the male testes and in female ovaries however males
produce 10 times more than females. Testosterone has been linked to aggression and as it plays a
part in increased muscle…

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and so we cannot draw any conclusions from it. Likewise, a meta-analysis by Archer also found low
positive correlation between the two variables. However, the type of participant and the form and
measurement of aggression differed substantially between studies and so may not be completely
valid. Archer also…

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increased serotonin levels, the monkeys displayed reduced aggression. It is hard to generalise these
findings to humans however, as many animals do not have the same capacity for cognitive processing
and self-awareness and animal behaviour tends to rely more on biological factors.

Both neural and hormonal mechanisms in…

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