Gene mutation in the brain may be early clue to autism, study suggests
Mutations of a certain gene may contribute to autism by interfering with normal brain development, a new study suggests. The gene, which is mutated in some people with autism, affects cells that set up the framework for the organization of a fetus’s developing cortex, according to the study published in Neuron. Those cells, called radial glia, can be viewed like the framing timbers of a house under construction. If the house’s framing is off, then the rest of the construction will be affected.
Does ADHD affect IQ?
A popular misconception is that all children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are naturally smarter and have a higher IQ than children without ADHD. However, there is no correlation between this condition and intelligence.
How Important is a Psychiatric Diagnosis?
New study asks what a psychiatric diagnosis does -- and doesn't -- do. A young man came to consult with me after being diagnosed Bipolar 1, which is generally considered the more severe form of Bipolar (formerly known as Manic-Depressive) disorder. “I don’t know how to move forward in my life,” he said. “Do I tell people about this diagnosis? Do I hide it?
Physiological reactivity linked to seeking politically like-minded social networks
A study recently published in Political Psychology sheds new light on how biology influences political behavior. The findings indicate that differences in psychophysiology are associated with the political homogeneity of a person’s social network.