Down's syndrome: A genetic disorder in biobehavioral perspective

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

190 Scopus citations

Abstract

Down's syndrome is a genetic disorder that can lead to mental retardation of varying degrees. How this chromosomal abnormality causes mental retardation remains an open question. This paper reviews what is currently known about the neural and cognitive features of Down's syndrome, noting the growing evidence of disproportionate impairment of specific systems such as the hippocampal formation, the prefrontal cortex and the cerebellum. The development of animal models of these defects offers a way of ultimately connecting the genetic disorder to its cognitive consequences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)156-166
Number of pages11
JournalGenes, Brain and Behavior
Volume2
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2003

    Fingerprint

Keywords

  • Down's syndrome
  • Hippocampus
  • Mental retardation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Genetics

Cite this