Session 100 | Keynote: Neuroscience of Aggression

Thursday, August 16, 2018
8:45am – 10:15am

Aggression is one of the most common presenting symptoms for individuals with various neuropsychiatric conditions.  At the extreme, this behavior may pose a threat to the patient as well as others necessitating extensive utilization of resources including pharmacologic, community-based care, and hospitalization.  Yet aggression is also a feature of normal human and animal behavior during which it has no negative moral valence and may even be ‘rewarded’.  How can this dichotomy be explained?

Learning Objectives

After completing this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Recognize aggression as a complex behavior that is both normative as well as a dimensional component of multiple neuropsychiatric disorders.
  • Identify some of the brain regions and neurotransmitters involved with aggression.

Summarize behavioral and pharmacological treatments for aggression from infancy to childhood

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