Tryptophan Depletion, Executive Functions, and Disinhibition in Aggressive, Adolescent Males

@article{Lemarquand1998TryptophanDE,
  title={Tryptophan Depletion, Executive Functions, and Disinhibition in Aggressive, Adolescent Males},
  author={D Lemarquand and Robert O. Pihl and Simon N. Young and Richard E. Tremblay and Jean R S{\'e}guin and Roberta M Palmour and C. Benkelfat},
  journal={Neuropsychopharmacology},
  year={1998},
  volume={19},
  pages={333-341}
}
Low serotonin has been associated with aggressive behavior and impulsivity. Executive functions (cognitive abilities involved in the initiation/maintenance of goal attainment) have also been related to aggression. We tested whether dietary depletion of tryptophan, the amino acid precursor of serotonin, would increase disinhibition (impulsivity) in aggressive male adolescents. Cognitive-neuropsychological variables predictive of disinhibition were explored. Stable aggressive and nonaggressive… CONTINUE READING
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