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    Sylvie Tordjmann – October 14, 2011

    INC Open Mind Seminar Series
    Friday, October 14, 2011 at 11:00 am

    Salle des Conférences (R229), Centre Universitaire des Saints-Pères, 45 rue des Saints-Pères, 75006 Paris

    Sylvie Tordjmann, Laboratoire Psychologie de la Perception, CNRS-Paris Descartes

    Are individuals with autism or schizophrenia insensitive to pain?        
    A reconsideration of the question

    Case reports and clinical studies reported reduced or absence of pain reactivity in autism or schizophrenia. We conducted an experimental study using a neurophysiologic measure of pain reactivity (the nociceptive RIII reflex) in order to examine the empirical basis for the reported pain insensitivity of autism and schizophrenia. The RIII threshold and the neurovegetative responses were measured in individuals with autism (N=20), schizophrenia (N=10) and typical development  (N=20) matched on age, sex and puberty stage. The results will be presented and discussed. Motion Planning, perception and compositionality: Time arising from a mixture of geometries