Acute effect of altered tryptophan levels and alcohol on aggression in normal human males

@article{Pihl1995AcuteEO,
  title={Acute effect of altered tryptophan levels and alcohol on aggression in normal human males},
  author={Robert O. Pihl and Simon N. Young and Philip Harden and Stewart Plotnick and Brian Chamberlain and Frank R. Ervin},
  journal={Psychopharmacology},
  year={1995},
  volume={119},
  pages={353-360}
}
Normal males received amino acid mixtures designed to raise or lower tryptophan availability, and thus to raise or lower brain serotonin synthesis. They also received alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks. The subjects were tested in the Taylor Competitive Reaction Time Task in which they competed against a (non-existent) partner in a reaction time task. The magnitude of electric shocks that the subjects were willing to give to their bogus partner was used as a measure of aggression. Lowered… CONTINUE READING
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