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Jumping Frenchmen of Maine

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Jumping Frenchmen of Maine is a type of “startle-matching syndrome”

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This very rare disorder is characterized by an unusually extreme startle reaction

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It was first identified in the late 1800s among an isolated group of French Canadian lumberjacks

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When startled, they would jump in the air, imitate those around them, and even obey random commands

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The disorder likely occurs because of an extreme conditioned response to a particular situation, influenced by cultural factors

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