Neuropsychological correlates of self-reported impulsive aggression in a college sample

Matthew S. Stanford, Kevin W. Greve, John E. Gerstle

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The present study examined the neuropsychological correlates of impulsive aggression/violence using a population which is considered to be functioning 'normally' by societal standards, college students. Subjects were 12 college students classified as impulsive aggressive by self-report and 12 nonaggressive matched controls. All impulsive aggressive subjects reported a lifetime history of physical aggressive outbursts. The neuropsychological findings suggest that impulsive aggressives share a pathological focus involving specific executive control processes: impulse control and verbal strategic processing. These findings are consistent with the neuropsychological and psychophysiological findings in impulsive aggressive incarcerated criminals and support the notion of a specific behavioral syndrome associated with spon-taneous aggressive outbursts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)961-965
Number of pages5
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1997


  • Impulsive aggression
  • Neuropsychology
  • Self-report

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


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