jeudi 3 janvier 2013


Hello Readers,

Many years ago (2008 to be exact), I was heavily depressive, even in a state of despair. I was working on the meta-analysis[1] and I was working as if my life depended on it. I though I had no skills to learn and wanted to drop out of school but my doctor at the time, said it wasn't a good idea.

In hindsight, I did learn, one or two skills. I could coordinate my hands and my eyes to do the best dissection possible and my hands worked like magic. I was enrolled in a course of human anatomy and there was a lab which we dissected a dead cat in team of three. I learnt absolutely nothing about the anatomy of the cat (nor the human for that matters) but I was excellent at detecting details that the other members of our team didn't detect until I pointed out to them[2] so we ended splitting the tasks: the other members of our team told me where to start cutting and I would do the cutting; fast and clean. For all my life I had problems with fine motor skills but this is the first time that my hands worked a lot beyond expectation. I would be in my bubble during that time, hearing nothing about what the rest of the team said.

I'd love to practice that skill again and I'm wondering if I should seek out a lab doing animal experiments; maybe a lab doing psychiatric related work with animal (like medication studies). I would then get to know myself better and see if I should consider surgery or psychiatry.


[1] == The meta-analysis:
Samson F, Zeffiro TA, Toussaint A, Belin P. Stimulus complexity and
categorical effects in human auditory cortex: an activation likelihood estimation
meta-analysis. Front Psychol. 2010;1:241. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2010.00241. Epub
2011 Jan 17. PubMed PMID: 21833294; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3153845.

[2] == Possible my perception is explained by this publication:

Samson F, Mottron L, Soulières I, Zeffiro TA. Enhanced visual functioning in
autism: an ALE meta-analysis. Hum Brain Mapp. 2012 Jul;33(7):1553-81. doi:
10.1002/hbm.21307. Epub 2011 Apr 4. Review. PubMed PMID: 21465627.

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