Glossary

amygdala Almond-shaped neuronal structure located in the inferomesial temporal lobe, anterior to the hippocampus, a component of the limbic system.

hypothalamus Neuronal structure constituting the inferiormost component of the diencephalon, connected with the pituitary gland via the infundibular stalk, and intimately concerned with visceral, autonomic, and endocrine function.

impulsivity Prone to act rashly; unable to resist urges.

prefrontal cortex Cortical sectors in the frontal lobe anterior to the motor strip.

sham rage A state in which an animal deprived of all cortical, or bilateral amygdaloid, input reacts to stimuli with behavioral displays of extreme anger.

violence The forceful infliction of physical injury on another individual or object.

Aggression is physical or verbal behavior that is threatening, destructive, or intended to harm. Aggression is a fundamental component of social behavior, essential to drive fulfillment and survival. Aggressive behavior in humans may be broadly divided into at least two phenomenological forms, an irritable-impulsive-affective subtype and a controlled-instrumental predatory-instrumental subtype. Each subtype is likely controlled by distinct, albeit overlapping, neuroana-tomic and neurochemical substrates.

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