Hormonal Explanations to Aggression

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Testosterone
The male sex hormone testosterone is thought to influence aggression from young adulthood onwards due to its action on brain areas involved in controlling aggression.
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DABBS ET AL
Salivary testosterone – violent and non-violent criminals. Violent criminals had higher testosterone levels.
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LINDMAN ET AL
Young males who were aggressive when drunk had higher testosterone levels than those who did not act aggressive.
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ALBERT ET AL
Some studies show a positive correlation between aggression and testosterone other studies show no relationship
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MAZUR
Aggression or dominance –distinguish between aggression and dominance. In humans the influence of testosterone on dominance is likely to be expressed in more varied and subtle ways.
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Cortisol
Cortisol appears to have a mediating effect on other aggression-related hormones such as testosterone.
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DABBS ET AL
Cortisol increases anxiety and therefore inhibits aggression and increases social withdrawal.
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VIRKKUNEN
Low levels of cortisol in habitual violent offenders.
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TENNES AND KREYE
Low levels of cortisol in violent schoolchildren.
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MCBURNETT ET AL
The effect of cortisol on aggressive behaviour is supported in a four year study of boys with behavioural problems. Boys with low cortisol levels began antisocial acts at a younger age and exhibited three times the number of aggressive behavior.
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Salivary testosterone – violent and non-violent criminals. Violent criminals had higher testosterone levels.

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Some studies show a positive correlation between aggression and testosterone other studies show no relationship

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