Research report 2016 - Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
Social communication competence and psychiatric disorders: Behavioural dimensions and their shared genetic influences
St Pourcain, Beate
Abteilung Sprache und Genetik
SummaryComplex psychiatric disorders are thought to lie at the extreme end of an underlying continuum of behavioural traits. The opposite end of this continuum is embodied by milder symptoms that can occur in many of us. By studying social communication difficulties in the general population during the course of childhood and adolescence, scientists at the MPI for Psycholinguistics discovered recently a genetic overlap with factors affecting risk for autism and schizophrenia that is disorder-specific and developmentally sensitive.