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.

October 2020

The Fall issue of Sur le Spectre magazine is now available!

July 2020

Now recruiting parents of autistic children and adolescents for a study on support needs during the pandemic. Led by researcher Claudine Jacques, lab collaborator. To participate via Lime Survey, click here: https://sondages.uqo.ca/index.php/337818?lang=fr 

May 2020

The Spring issue of Sur le Spectre magazine is now available.

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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.