Novel study reveals schizophrenia affects the entire communications system of the brain

Written by Francis Davies

The largest study of differences in psychiatric disorder white matter to-date has displaced the theory that schizophrenia manifests due to wiring problems in the prefrontal and temporal lobes. Findings suggested frayed ‘ethernet chords’ appear throughout the brain, with particular prevalence in the corpus callosum and in the frontal portion of the corona radiata. The researchers examined data from diffusion tensor imaging; these scans allow scientists to locate problem areas in the brain’s normally insulated communication system. The research was published recently in Molecular Psychiatry. “We can definitively say for the first time that schizophrenia is a disorder where white matter...

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