People with high intelligence may be less likely to develop schizophrenia, particularly those who have a genetic susceptibility to the condition. This is according to a new study published in The American Journal of Psychiatry.

The researchers, including first author Kenneth S. Kendler, MD of the Virginia Commonwealth University, say their findings challenge past studies indicating that people who are intelligent are more likely to be mentally ill.

“If you’re really smart, your genes for schizophrenia don’t have much of a chance of acting,” says Kendler.

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