1.1. Genes Related to Autistic Traits and Empathy

  1. Richard Ebstein,
  2. Simone Shamay-Tsoory and
  3. Soo Hong Chew
  1. Bhismadev Chakrabarti1,2 and
  2. Simon Baron-Cohen2

Published Online: 25 AUG 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781118101803.ch1

From DNA to Social Cognition

From DNA to Social Cognition

How to Cite

Chakrabarti, B. and Baron-Cohen, S. (2011) Genes Related to Autistic Traits and Empathy, in From DNA to Social Cognition (eds R. Ebstein, S. Shamay-Tsoory and S. H. Chew), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9781118101803.ch1

Editor Information

  1. University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel

Author Information

  1. 1

    Centre for Integrative Neuroscience and Neurodynamics, School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences, University of Reading, Reading, UK

  2. 2

    Autism Research Centre, Department of Psychiatry, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 AUG 2011
  2. Published Print: 9 SEP 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470543962

Online ISBN: 9781118101803



  • empathy, neural bases and genetic correlates - genes related to autistic traits and empathy, empathy in relation to autism spectrum conditions (ASC);
  • ASC, a neurodevelopmental origin - role of genes in neural growth, synaptic development and function;
  • targeting discrete “neural phenotypes” in ASC - and ideal candidate genes, cross-validation through relevant endophenotypes


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Acknowledgments

  • References