Hormonal factors in aggressive behaviour: ACTH

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Psychology unit 3 aggression revision
Hormonal factors in aggressive behaviour- ACTH
Description
High levels of adrenaline are detected by the hypothalamus which sends a signal to
the Piturity gland which then produces ACTH which is detected by receptors in
the adrenal cortex resulting in corticosteroids being produced. It has been found
that there is a positive correlation between levels od ACTH and corticosteroids
and aggression.
Evaluation
Kruk found a positive correlation between aggressive behaviours and levels of
ACTH and glucocortoid hormones. However as the evidence is correlational we
don't know if ACTH causes aggression or if they are just linked

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