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[Genetic aspects of cognitive abilities across the life span].

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Der Nervenarzt
1433-0407
Publisher
Springer-Verlag
Publication Date
Volume
80
Issue
11
Pages
1312–1321
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s00115-009-2804-3
PMID: 19898887
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Cognitive abilities develop during the first 2 decades and start to decrease in the 6th decade of life. There is strong heritability of general cognitive ability as well as of specific cognitive functions which might increase with age till about age 80. Cognitive disorders derive from this physiological cognitive development; they are also under genetic control. This paper discusses age-specific genetic influences on cognitive functions in interplay with environmental factors and compares these determinants across the life span.

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