Imaging data provide insight on Williams syndrome

03/21/2012 | EurekAlert!

NIH researchers, who used PET imaging, MRI and diffusion tensor imaging, found that development of the personality disorder Williams syndrome is linked to abnormalities in the brain. Results of the scans corresponded with results of personality tests, according to the study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. "This line of research offers insight into how genes help to shape brain circuitry that regulates complex behaviors -- such as the way a person responds to others -- and thus holds promise for unraveling brain mechanisms in other disorders of social behavior," said Dr. Thomas R. Insel, director of NIH's National Institute of Mental Health.

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