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Genetic research into ‘schizophrenia’ – how much can it actually tell us?

on December 15, 2016

Lucy Johnstone and Richard Bentall talk about the role of genes in mental health   What causes mental health problems? Following the publication of Oliver James’s book Not in Your Genes last week, the In the Mind BBC series, and the announcement of two recent ‘breakthroughs’ about genes for ‘schizophrenia’ (in Nature, and in Nature Neuroscience), there has been plenty of recent debate about nature vs nurture mental health. From Radio 4 to the Guardian (see here and here) and well beyond, there is robust disagreement about the role that different factors play in our mental well being. In the attempt to shed some light on the matters, we asked two psychologists to discuss the issue of genetics and their role. Previous DOTW contributor Professor Richard Bentall (of the University of Liverpool) researches social and psychological factors in mental health, but he is also interested in possible polygenetic risk factors for ‘psychosis.’ Dr Lucy Johnstone is a clinical psychologist. Her

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