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Williams Syndrome

  • By: Hayley C. Leonard & Annette Karmiloff-Smith
  • In: Encyclopedia of the Mind
  • Edited by: Harold Pashler
  • Subject:Linguistics (general), Cognitive Psychology (general)

Williams syndrome (WS) is a neurodevelopmental disorder caused by the deletion of some 28 genes on one copy of Chromosome 7. The deletion gives rise to distinctive facial features and affects the developing body, brain, mind, and behavior. WS occurs in ...