Archived news

May 2021

An important new article by David Gagnon and several colleagues in the group appeared in
Molecular Autism: Bayonet‑shaped language development in autism with regression: a retrospective
study

May 2021

Rachel Nuwer's Spectrum article highlights the group's work: Finding strengths in autism -
Autism comprises a set of difficulties, but growing evidence suggests that certain abilities also define the
condition.

May 2021

Widening Inborn Constraints for Language Ability: The Case for Autism
A lot of autistic people learn to speak in an atypical manner, for example by favouring non-social learning (though the TV, radio, or books for example) over social learning (verbal exchanges with peers).
This non-social acquisition of language represents a strong argument in favour of nativist models of human language, like Chomsky’s innatism which proposes that mental structures present at birth allow us to acquire linguistic knowledge.
In this preprint article, Dr. Laurent Mottron, Alexia Ostrolenk, and David Gagnon highlight the importance of considering diverse modes of learning as part of human nature and a plural society.

December 2020

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  

December 2020

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  

April 2021

The Spring 2020 issue of Sur le Spectre magazine is now available.

Happy reading! 

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 of children aged 2 to 6 - For more information or to participate now, click here!
PARENTS of children aged 6 to 12 - 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!

October 2020

The Fall 2020 issue of Sur le Spectre magazine is now available.

May 2020

The Spring 2020 issue of Sur le Spectre magazine is now available. Happy reading!

January 2021

Launch of our YouTube channel "Sur le Spectre".

You can watch the first video uploaded.

Autistic people in research: decreasing differences?

April 2019

Laurent Mottron and Danilo Bzdok co-author an article in Molecular Psychiatry, on heterogeneity in autism

October 2019

The Fall 2019 issue of Sur le Spectre magazine is now available. Happy reading!

October 2019

Congratulations to Dr. Laurent Mottron, who became a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, which recognised his contributions and the quality of his research.

August 2019

Eya-Mist Rødgaard, Isabelle Soulières and Laurent Mottron publish a meta-meta analysis in JAMA, suggesting possible overdiagnosis of autism. See UdeM’s news feed, the JAMA article, listen to Laurent Mottron’s interview on Radio-Canada