Aggressive behavior inhibition by serotonin and quipazine injected into the amygdala in the rat

Behav Neural Biol. 1985 Jan;43(1):58-68. doi: 10.1016/s0163-1047(85)91496-7.


The effects on aggressive behavior, open-field activity, and pain threshold of bilateral microinjections of serotonin (20 micrograms) and quipazine (20 micrograms), the direct serotonergic receptor agonist, into the cortico-medial amygdala were investigated in Wistar rats. Both drugs significantly prolonged the attack latency in isolated killer rats (predatory aggression model), and suppressed the incidence of aggressive postures/attacks in shock-induced fighting test (affective aggression). The only difference in the open-field behavior was the lower number of central square entries in drug-treated compared to saline-injected rats. None of the substances produced any significant change in jump threshold. It is concluded that stimulation of serotonin receptors within the amygdala produces inhibition of affective and muricidal behavior in isolated rats. The effect does not seem to be dependent on changes in general activity and pain sensitivity.

MeSH terms

  • Aggression / drug effects*
  • Amygdala / drug effects*
  • Animals
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Motor Activity / drug effects
  • Pain / physiopathology
  • Predatory Behavior / drug effects
  • Quinolines / pharmacology*
  • Quipazine / pharmacology*
  • Rats
  • Rats, Inbred Strains
  • Reaction Time / drug effects
  • Receptors, Serotonin / drug effects
  • Sensory Thresholds / drug effects
  • Serotonin / pharmacology*


  • Quinolines
  • Receptors, Serotonin
  • Serotonin
  • Quipazine