Creativity May Be Genetically Linked With Psychiatric Disorders

PC: Foxnews

Interesting article from Foxnews.com:

There may be an overlap between the genetic components of creativity and those of some psychiatric disorders, according to a new study.

In the study, researchers looked at genetic material from more than 86,000 people in Iceland and identified genetic variants that were linked with an increased risk of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. The investigators then looked for these variants in a group of more than 1,000 people who were members of national societies of artists, including visual artists, writers, actors, dancers and musicians in Iceland.

The study revealed that the people in these artistic societies were 17 percent more likely to carry those variants linked with the mental health conditions than were people in the general population, who were not members of these societies.

“The results of this study should not have come as a surprise, because to be creative, you have to think differently from the crowd,” study author Kari Stefansson, the founder and CEO of deCODE, a genomic analysis company, said in a statement. “And we had previously shown that carriers of genetic factors that predispose to schizophrenia do so.”

Nope, the results of this study did not come as a surprise at all. I’ve had imaginary friends for as long as I can remember. Schizophrenic? Hmm … I did, however, realize that imaginary and real worlds were separate and distinct. Or did I?

Link to the full article, here.

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