Behavioral and Brain Sciences

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Recent advances and hypotheses regarding the neural networks involved in cruelty and pathological aggression

Harold Mouras a1a2a3
a1 INSERM, U742, Paris, F-75005 France
a2 Université Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris 6, UMR S 742, Paris, F-75005, France
a3 Socio-Affective Development Group, Department of Psychology, University of Geneva, CH-1205 Geneva, Switzerland

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Functional neuroimaging studies allow examination of the cerebral networks involved in human behavior. For pathological aggression, several studies have reported a involvement of frontal and temporal areas, reflecting disruption of emotional regulatory systems. Recent genetic studies that bring together reward system dysfunction and violent behavior.