Are Men "Hardwired" For Violence? Neurobiologist Dr. Debra Niehoff Explains

Published: Feb 10, 2014

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“Behavior originates in the brain, and violence is no exception.” So begins an article by Dr. Debra Niehoff, adjunct professor in the Department of Social and Behavioral Science at Bucks County Community College, which reviews the current literature and then explains both the biologic and environmental factors that may lead to aggressive behavior on the part of both men and women. Niehoff ultimately suggests that violence is not “hardwired” into men — or certain individuals for that matter — but due to differences in brain structure and function, stress response, and genetics, they may be more vulnerable than women to factors that increase aggressive behavior. Her work appears in Violence and Gender.

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