Baudouin Forgeot d’Arc

Clinical Associate Professor
Department of Psychiatry and Addictology
University of Montreal

Baudouin Forgeot d'Arc is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Addictology at the University of Montreal and a psychiatrist in the autism program at the Rivière-des-Prairies Hospital, CIUSSSNIM.

Autism is characterized by a different experience of social interactions. What distinguishes autistic individuals from others? Do they have more difficulty perceiving social cues? Do they interpret them differently? Do they pay less attention to them? Baudouin Forgeot d'Arc's recent research aims to understand how these differences in perceiving, understanding, and evaluating the social environment can explain autism.

Social interactions involve various functions, including social influence and social judgment of faces. Baudouin Forgeot d'Arc's work explores how these processes are experienced by autistic individuals.

Another part of his research focuses on gaze direction detection and theory of mind, using behavioral experiments, visual exploration analysis, and brain imaging.

He also collaborates on research aimed at identifying the genetic causes of autism.

The goal of this research program is to inform about the diversity of social interactions among humans and to better understand the nature of autism. It also aims to develop more valid and reliable tests to evaluate the social interactions of autistic individuals in clinical practice. Currently, monitoring the progress of an autistic person is like monitoring a diabetic without being able to measure blood sugar levels: we rely on what is visible without accessing the underlying mechanisms. Developing better tests would allow for the definition of more homogeneous subgroups, measurement of intervention effects, and monitoring of progress.

Fields of Expertise:

  • Autism, Asperger syndrome, neurodevelopmental disorders
  • Cognitive neuroscience
  • Social cognition
  • Social interactions in autism

Baudouin Forgeot d'Arc's work contributes to a better understanding of social interactions and autism, offering new perspectives for diagnosis and intervention.

This content has been updated on 16 July 2024 at 13 h 08 min.