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Dominance and aggression.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  3053479     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Dominance is a complex phenomenon mediated by different mechanisms. Various motivations and their mutual correlations determine the tendency to dominate. A subject that is dominant in every situation (i.e., absolutely dominant) is rather an exceptional case. Dominance may be limited to particular situations and exhibited only with some definite partners. One subject may be dominant over one partner and submissive with another. Aggressive behavior is not indispensable to obtain and keep dominance status. It seems that dominance sustained without aggression is more stable than dominance formed on the basis of aggressive display, since experiments on predatory dominance in pairs and groups of cats support such an assumption. Various brain structures were found which are involved in aggressive behavior, but in respect to dominance our experiments point to the role of the dorsal amygdala in predatory dominance.
E Fonberg
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The International journal of neuroscience     Volume:  41     ISSN:  0020-7454     ISO Abbreviation:  Int. J. Neurosci.     Publication Date:  1988 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1988-11-25     Completed Date:  1988-11-25     Revised Date:  2005-11-16    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0270707     Medline TA:  Int J Neurosci     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  201-13     Citation Subset:  IM    
Polish Academy of Science, Nencki Institute of Experimental Biology, Department of Neurophysiology, Warsaw, Poland.
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MeSH Terms
Aggression / drug effects,  physiology*
Amygdala / physiology
Brain / drug effects,  physiology*
Hypothalamus / physiology
Social Dominance*

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