Monoamine oxidase A gene (MAOA) predicts behavioral aggression following provocation

  title={Monoamine oxidase A gene (MAOA) predicts behavioral aggression following provocation},
  author={Rose McDermott and Dustin Tingley and Jonathan Cowden and Giovanni Frazzetto and Dominic D. P. Johnson},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences},
  pages={2118 - 2123}
Monoamine oxidase A gene (MAOA) has earned the nickname “warrior gene” because it has been linked to aggression in observational and survey-based studies. However, no controlled experimental studies have tested whether the warrior gene actually drives behavioral manifestations of these tendencies. We report an experiment, synthesizing work in psychology and behavioral economics, which demonstrates that aggression occurs with greater intensity and frequency as provocation is experimentally… 

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