Understanding & Controlling Aggression | Huberman Lab Podcast #71


This episode I describe the neural mechanisms that activate and control aggressive states and behaviors and the role of hormones—estrogen and testosterone—in mediating violent and/or competitive aggression. I also describe tools that can be used to modulate the factors that have been shown to ‘prime’ an individual for aggression, including sunlight, estrogen sensitivity, competition within social settings, and overall stress levels, and the hormone cortisol. I discuss how substances such as caffeine and alcohol can impact impulsive behaviors and how nutrition and supplementation can be used to regulate mood and aggression.


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Photoperiod reverses the effects of estrogens on male aggression via genomic and nongenomic pathways: Z
Testosterone and occupational choice: actors, ministers, and other men: S
Age, Testosterone, and Behavior Among Female Prison Inmates: t
Testosterone Rapidly Increases Neural Reactivity to Threat in Healthy Men: A Novel Two-Step Pharmacological Challenge Paradigm: Q
Caffeinated and non-caffeinated alcohol use and indirect aggression: The impact of self-regulation: 3
Efficacy of carnitine in the treatment of children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder: 9
Functional identification of an aggression locus in the mouse hypothalamus (See “Supplementary information” for movies): B

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An Introduction to Behavioral Endocrinology 5th Edition: 9
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Mouse switching from mating behavior to aggressive behaviors upon stimulation of VMH: />VMH stimulation causes mouse to display aggressive behaviors toward an inanimate object (e.g., glove): />
00: 00: 00 Aggression, Types of Aggression
00: 03: 33 AG1 (Athletic Greens), ROKA, Helix Sleep
00: 08: 29 Neural Circuits for Aggression, “Hydraulic Pressure Model”
00: 15: 50 Brain Regions Controlling Aggression, Ventromedial Hypothalamus (VMH)
00: 22: 14 Psychiatric Disorders & Aggression
00: 23: 36 Stimulation of the VMH, Estrogen Receptors & Aggression
00: 31: 57 Neural Circuits Mediating Physical Acts of Aggression, Biting
00: 35: 56 Testosterone & Competitiveness/Estrogen & Aggression
00: 43: 00 Sunlight, Melatonin & Aggression
00: 45: 46 Cortisol, Serotonin & Aggressive Behaviors
00: 51: 56 Tool: Omega-3 Supplementation & Mood
00: 54: 18 Tool: Sunlight, Sauna & Cortisol Reduction
00: 55: 54 Tool: Ashwagandha & Cortisol Reduction
00: 57: 06 Tool: Seasonality/Sunlight, Genetic Variation in Estrogen Sensitivity
01: 00: 37 Testosterone & Aggression, Competitive Work Environments
01: 05: 07 Testosterone, Amygdala, Challenge & Effort
01: 09: 27 Caffeine, Alcohol & Impulsivity
01: 13: 15 Tool: Caffeinated Alcohol Beverages, Impulsivity & Aggression
01: 17: 18 Tool: ADHD, Acetyl-L Carnitine & Aggressive Behavior
01: 24: 10 Factors Affecting the “Hydraulic Pressure Model” of Aggression
01: 25: 44 Book by Dr. David Anderson, Aggression & Social Relationships
01: 27: 35 Zero-Cost Support, YouTube Feedback, Spotify & Apple Reviews, Sponsors, Patreon, Momentous Supplements, Neural Network Newsletter, Instagram, Twitter

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