Genetic influences on early language development impact cognition and health

Neuroscience News March 1, 2024, 11:00 PM UTC

Summary: A study on language development in early childhood reveals genetic influences on vocabulary size and its impact on future literacy, cognition, and neurodevelopmental conditions like ADHD and ASD. Genetic factors affecting vocabulary size in infancy and toddlerhood were identified, with implications for educational and therapeutic interventions. The study highlights a developmental shift in genetic associations with ADHD symptoms, emphasizing the need for understanding early linguistic development for future mental health and cognitive abilities.

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