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Social Engagement in Williams Syndrome

Helen Tager-Flusberg and Daniela Pleas-Skwerer

in The Development of Social Engagement

Published in print January 2006 | ISBN: 9780195168716
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199847853 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195168716.003.0012

Series: Series in Affective Science

Social Engagement in Williams Syndrome

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Unique insights into understanding gene–brain–behaviour relationships could be obtained from genetically based neurodevelopmental disorders, especially Williams Syndrome (WS), which is useful in investigating the genetic and neurocognitive systems underlying social-emotional behaviour, owing to the striking social phenotype related to the disorder. In the past 20 years, there has been a significant development in the study of the cognitive-affective mechanisms underlying the empathy, hypersociability, and unusual attention to people and emotional responsiveness characterizing the phenotype. However, little is known as to the neurobiological systems that influence the behavioural patterns distinguishing WS from other disorders. Very few studies have also been done to examine the changes in the social phenotype of the disorder due to maturational or contextual influences at various developmental levels.

Keywords: Williams Syndrome; neurodevelopmental disorders; developmental disorders; gene; brain; behaviour; relationships; social-emotional behaviour; social engagement; neurobiological systems

Chapter.  10875 words. 

Subjects: Neuropsychology

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