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Genes and social skills

Scourfield, J., McGuffin, P. and Thapar, Anita 1997. Genes and social skills. Bioessays 19 (12) , pp. 1125-1127. 10.1002/bies.950191212

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Evidence for one or more loci on the human X chromosome influencing social cognition was recently presented by Skuse et al. The imprinted locus is only expressed from a paternally inherited X chromosome, which means that boys do not express it because their only X chromosome comes from their mother. This raises the possibility of genetic as well as cultural influences on sex differences in behaviour and cognition. It may also offer some explanation for why boys are more vulnerable to developmental disorders that affect social behaviour, such as autism.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics (CNGG)
Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Institute (NMHRI)
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN: 0265-9247
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 08:38

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