Automatic Obedience

Automatic Obedience

Automatic obedience may be seen in startle syndromes, such as the jumping Frenchmen of Maine, latah, and myriachit, when a sudden shout of, for example, "jump" is followed by a jump. These are sometimes known as the startle-automatic obedience syndromes. Although initially classified (by Gilles de la Tourette) with tic syndromes, there are clear clinical and pathophysiological differences.


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