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Laurent Mottron, M.D., Ph.D., DEA

Laurent Mottron, M.D., Ph.D., DEA Laurent Mottron is professor in the Department of Psyzhitry at the Faculty of Medicine of the Université de Montréal. He directs the Laboratoiry for the Study of Information treatment in Pervasive Developmental Disorders located at Riviere-des-Prairies Hospital.





Hopital Riviere-des-Prairies
7070 Perras Boulevard
Montreal, Quebec
Canada H1E 1A4

Phone :514 323-7260 ext. 2173


Born in 1952 in France. MD, Psychiatry, and Ph. D (Psycho-linguistics) in France. Emigrates in Canada in 1990. Post-doctoral training in Centre de Recherche Côte-des Neiges and Saint-Justine Hospital (Montréal) in Cognitive Neuropsychology. Research Fellowship from the Fonds de la Recherche en Santé du Québec since 1995. Started and direct currently a specialized clinic for clinical investigation and research on pervasive developmental disorders without mental deficiency (Hôpital Rivière-des-Prairies, Montréal, PQ), since 1996. Full Professor at the department of psychiatry of Université de Montréal since 2003; National Research Fellowship in 2006. Funded by Canadian Institute of Health Research / National Alliance for Autism research and by other provincial and federal funding agencies since 1995. His research interests in autism encompass Cognitive Neuropsychology of Autism; Savant-Syndrome; perceptual processing of non social & social information; autistic intelligence; Neurodiversity movement and integration of autistic researchers in science. His main findings are related to the characterization and modelization of atypical non-social visual and auditory processing in autism, and its role in intelligence.


Study of Information processing in Pervasive developmental disorders through electrophysiology, experimental psychology and fMRI


Bertone, A., Mottron, L., Jelenic, P, Faubert, J.(2003): Motion perception in autism: A complex issue? Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience 15 (2) (218-225).

Bonnel, A.C*., Mottron, L, Peretz, I. , Trudel, M. , Gallun, E., Bonnel, A.M. (2003) Enhanced sensitivity for pitch in individuals with autism: A Signal Detection Analysis. J. of Cognitive Neuroscience, 15, (226-235).

Caron, MJ*. Mottron, L, Rainville C, Chouinard, S. (2004) Do high functioning persons with autism present superior wayfinding abilities ? Neuropsychologia, 42, 467-481

Limoges*, Mottron, L., E., Bolduc, C. Berthiaume,C. Godbout, R. (2005) Atypical Sleep Architecture and the Autism Phenotype, Brain, 128, 1049-1061.

Bertone, A., Mottron, L., Jelenic, P., Faubert, J. (2005) Enhanced and diminished visuo-spatial information processing in autism depends on stimulus complexity Brain, Jun 15; Oct;128(Pt 10):2430-41.

Mottron L, Dawson, M, Soulières, I.*, Hubert, B.*, Burack, JA,. (2006). Enhanced perceptual functioning in autism: an updated model, and eight principle of autistic perception. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, special issue: perception in autism. 2006 Jan;36(1):27-43.

Caron*, M-J., Mottron, L., Berthiaume, C., Dawson M. Cognitive mechanisms, specificity and neural underpinnings of visuo-spatial peaks in autism (2006). Brain, 129: 1789-1802

Mottron, L. Mineau, S., Martel, G.*, SaintCharles-Bernier, C.*, Berthiaume, C. Dawson, M., Lemay, M. Palardy, Charman, T. Faubert J. (2007) Lateral glances toward moving stimuli among toddlers with autism: Early evidence of locally-oriented perception? Development and Psychopathology, 19: 23-36

Dawson, M., Soulières*, I, Gernsbacher, MAG, Mottron, L. (2007) The level and nature of autistic intelligence, Psychological science. 18, (8) 657-662.

Wang*, LX, Mottron, L, Peng, D.L.l., Berthiaume, C., Dawson, M. Local bias and local-to-global interference without global deficit: a robust finding in autism under various conditions of attention, exposure time and visual angle. Cognitive neuropsychology. 24(5) 550 - 574


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