Sylvie Tordjmann - Séminaire INC le 14 octobre 2011 de 11h30 à 12h30
Salle de conférence R229, 2ème étage, Centre Biomédical des Saints Pères 45 rue des Sts Pères, 75006 Paris
M.D., Ph.D., Professor in Child Psychiatry, Laboratoire Psychologie de la Perception, CNRS UMR 8158 and 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.