Laurent Mottron Laboratory

My research group explores how autistic people process information. We are therefore interested in describing the perceptual, memory and reasoning mechanisms by which autistic people perceive the world, construct representations and manipulate them. Our ultimate goal is to facilitate the integration of autistic people into society whatever their age, whilst respecting their differences.

Our point of view on the question of diagnosis!

- Autism, the construction of an epidemic, Transcription, OCT-OPUS training

- Reflection on the cliche: Autism is heterogeneous, Fous de Normandie

- The heterogeneity of autism in 2020: nature, or culture? General public conference Strasbourg

January 2021

What are the preferred interests and repetitive behaviors autistic children?

We are looking for PARENTS with an autistic child, PROFESSIONALS working with autistic children and AUTISTIC ADULTS in order to participate in a study!

PARENTS - For more information or to participate now, click here!
PROFESSIONALS - For more information or to participate now, click here!
AUTISTIC ADULTS - For more information or to participate now, click here!

January 2021

Launch of our YouTube channel "Sur le Spectre".

You can watch the first video uploaded.

Autistic people in research: decreasing differences?

Archived News 

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This website features the work of autistic artists!

Drawings by Denis Boudouard (EC in the scientific literature)

EC was an autistic man who passed away in the 1990s, and possessed the ability to draw inanimate objects in 3D. His drawings were almost always done on A4 paper using black fine felt-tip or ballpoint pens, with little color. Without using a ruler, or ever needing to touch up his work, EC was able to trace perfect lines, circles and ellipses. He was also able to draw an object as it rotated through space, without needing to manipulate or walk around the object. Motors, explosions and angry women were recurrent themes in EC’s work. A project looking into his exceptional skills (Mottron & Belleville, 1993, 1995) lay the groundwork for models of perceptual “overfunctioning” in autism.