The nucleus premammillaris ventralis (PMV) and aggressive behavior in the rat

Marcus Jan van den Berg, G.J. ter Horst, J.M. Koolhaas

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    Small bilateral electrolytic lesions placed just posterior of the ventromedial hypothalamic nucleus cause a strong increase in offensive behavior. The histology suggests that damage to the ventral premanimillary nucleus is responsible for this effect. A summary of the neuroanatomical literature shows that this structure is connected to most other brain structures reported to be involved in offensive behavior.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)41-47
    Number of pages7
    JournalAggressive Behavior
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 1983


    • rat
    • lesions
    • mammillary bodies
    • aggressive behavior

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