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Jumping Frenchmen of Maine


Synonyms of Jumping Frenchmen of Maine
  • Jumping Frenchmen
  • Latah (Observed in Malaysia)
  • Myriachit (Observed in Siberia)

Disorder Subdivisions



    General Discussion
    Jumping Frenchmen is a disorder characterized by an unusually extreme startle reaction. The startle reaction is a natural response to an unexpected noise or sight. This disorder was first identified during the late nineteenth century in Maine and the Canadian province of Quebec. Lumberjacks of French Canadian descent were originally associated with this phenomenon but it has since been observed in other societies in many parts of the world as well. Jumping Frenchmen is suspected to be a genetic disorder and/or an extreme conditioned response to a particular situation possibly influenced by cultural factors. Symptoms tend to improve with age.



    Organizations related to Jumping Frenchmen of Maine
    • National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
      31 Center Drive
      Bethesda MD 20892-2540
      Phone #: 301-496-5751
      800 #: 800-352-9424
      e-mail: braininfo@ninds.nih.gov
      Home page: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/



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