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 will also discuss tools that can be used in order to control the factors that are known to trigger aggression. These include sunlight, estrogen sensitivity and competition within social settings. I will discuss the effects of caffeine and alcohol on impulsive behavior and how nutrition and supplementation can be used for mood regulation and aggression.


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Photoperiod reverses estrogens’ effects on male aggression through genomic and nongenomic pathways. Z
Testosterone, occupational choice: Actors, Ministers and Other Men: S
Age, Testosterone, Behavior, and Behavior among Female Prison Inmates: t
Testosterone Rapidly Boosts Threat Reactivity in Healthy Men: A Novel Two Step Pharmacological Challenge Paradigm Q
Self-regulation and indirect aggression in the context of caffeinated and noncaffeinated alcohol consumption: 3
The effectiveness of carnitine for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD):Functional identification of an aggressive locus in the mouse hypothalamus. (See “Supplementary Information” for movies): B

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When VMH stimulation is applied, mice switch from mating behavior towards aggressive behaviors:VMH stimulation causes mice to exhibit aggressive behavior towards inanimate objects (e.g. gloves):
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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