Research report 2017 - Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics

Social communication competence and psychiatric disorders: Behavioural dimensions and their shared genetic influences

Authors
St Pourcain, Beate
Departments
Abteilung Sprache und Genetik
Summary
Complex 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.

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