Neurobiology of Aggression in Children

R. James R. Blair, Karina S. Peschardt, Salima Budhani, Daniel S. Pine

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This chapter reviews neurobiological risk factors for aggression in children. It begins by considering two general positions that have received considerable attention with respect to aggression in children: the frontal lobe and fear dysfunction positions. It then considers a fundamental difficulty with these types of general account of aggression in children-that they implicitly assume all aggression is mediated by the same neural architecture. It argues that a distinction must be made between reactive and instrumental aggression. The neurobiological risk factors for reactive and instrumental aggression are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBiology of Aggression
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199865444
ISBN (Print)0195168763, 9780195168761
StatePublished - Jan 1 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Aggressive behavior
  • Fear dysfunction
  • Frontal lobe
  • Instrumental aggression
  • Reactive aggression

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)


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