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IS THE MALE OR FEMALE BRAIN MORE VULNERABLE TO TRIGGERS OF VIOLENT BEHAVIOR?

February 7, 2014
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IS THE MALE OR FEMALE BRAIN MORE VULNERABLE TO TRIGGERS OF VIOLENT BEHAVIOR?

New Rochelle, NY, February 5, 2014—Human behaviors such as violence depend on interactions in the brain between genetic and environmental factors. An person may be more vulnerable to developing violent behaviors if they have predisposing factors and are then exposed to stress, abuse, or other triggers, especially early in life. The latest research on how differences between the male and female brain contribute to sex differences in violence is explored in Violence and Gender, a new peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. The article is available free on the Violence and Gender website.

The article “Not Hardwired: The Complex Neurobiology of Sex Differences in Violence” describes the complex and flexible biological mechanisms in the brain that lead to the development of behaviors. These include interconnected neural networks, multiple genes, and chemical signals such as hormones and neurotransmitters, which can be modified by environmental factors. Brain structure, function, and connectivity can all differ between men and women, affecting how they may change on exposure to stressful or abusive triggers.

“Neurobiologist Dr. Debra Niehoff explains the amazing interaction of how our brains, genetics, and environmental influences can interact and serve as the genesis for violent behavior,” says Editor-in-Chief of Violence and Gender Mary Ellen O’Toole, PhD, Forensic Behavioral Consultant, and Senior FBI Profiler/Criminal Investigator Analyst (ret.). “This holistic view of the origin of violence means that reducing violence will not be a simple fix because it does not have a single origin or cause. The temptation to delineate a male and female brain must be resisted because there is overlap between the two. With more research will come greater insight and knowledge about the biological and environmental causes of violence. With more knowledge will come answers; answers will lead to solutions, and with solutions will come prevention.”

About the Journal

Violence and Gender is the only peer-reviewed journal focusing on the understanding, prediction, and prevention of acts of violence. Through research papers, roundtable discussions, case studies, and other original content, the Journal critically examines biological, genetic, behavioral, psychological, racial, ethnic, and cultural factors as they relate to the gender of perpetrators of violence. Led by Editor-in-Chief Mary Ellen O’Toole, PhD, Forensic Behavioral Consultant and Senior FBI Profiler/Criminal Investigative Analyst (ret.), Violence and Gender explores the difficult issues that are vital to threat assessment and prevention of the epidemic of violence. Violence and Gender is published quarterly online with Open Access options and in print, and is the official journal of The Avielle Foundation.

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4 Responses to IS THE MALE OR FEMALE BRAIN MORE VULNERABLE TO TRIGGERS OF VIOLENT BEHAVIOR?

  1. Chris on March 2, 2014 at 10:53 AM

    I would say yes since men are expected to be providers or the main income earner . And especially due to our massive single population of men that is full of men going to work to live with mom and dad it will not led to more rapes but a tremendous amount of mass shootings. So yes men are more violent and destructive than women since it is in their nature to be the dominant person in the relationships. When this is not allowed in communities where rent is out the roof and where men working for minimum wage and profiting a mere $197 a week life can not matter to much for many men so yes men are becoming more violent maybe some day some stupid politician will see our men are turning gay sick ,suicidal and highly homicidal because of it .

    We want men to be providers and date women but on what TRASH WAGES.

  2. Kevin Wayne on February 7, 2014 at 3:17 PM

    Clickin’ on da pic don’ do nuthin’ 😉

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