jumping Frenchmen of Maine syndrome


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jumping Frenchmen of Maine syndrome

a form of jumping disease observed in a group of lumbermen of French-Canadian descent working in a remote area of Maine. Affected individuals had exaggerated startle responses, automatic obedience, and often echolalia. It is believed to have represented a form of operant conditioning rather than a true disease. See also jumping disease.
A culture-specific complex evoked in members of a religious sect that originated in Wales whose members now live in North America—mostly in Maine—the rites of which include jumping, rolling on the ground, barking like dogs, etc., until a state of ecstasy is achieved. The disorder is now regarded as psychological in nature.

jump·ing dis·ease

, jumper disease (jŭmping di-zēz, jŭmpĕr)
One of the pathologic startle syndromes found in isolated parts of the world, characterized by greatly exaggerated responses, such as jumping, flinging the arms, and yelling, to minimal stimuli.
Synonym(s): jumping Frenchmen of Maine syndrome.