Abstract

This review provides a brief exposition of the biosocial bases of the formation and expression of aggressivity in human society. The main watershed in scientific discussions on the nature of human aggression is the counterpoint of endogenous and environmental determinants in specifying aggressivity as a personality characteristic. Views of world scientific authorities on this problem are discussed with consideration of the contexts on which these views are based. Along with conventional concepts, this review presents new ideas regarding the epigenetic regulation of behavior, including aggressive, which the authors believe provide grounds for decreasing differences between the views of those who regard aggression in humans in the modern world as resulting from social learning or a manifestation of instinct inherited from our distant ancestors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)251-260
Number of pages10
JournalNeuroscience and Behavioral Physiology
Volume48
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2018

Keywords

  • epigenetic regulation
  • genes
  • human aggression
  • social environment

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