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A change of perspective and point of view: A major asset of mobile psychiatric teams. The practice of having mobile teams in psychiatry makes it possible to change the location of meetings Volume 99, issue 5, Mai 2023

1 Professeur honoraire au Collège de France, chaire de Physiologie de la perception et de l’action, 11 place Marcelin Berthelot, Paris 75006, France
2 Professeur en pédopsychiatrie, Université de Rennes, France
3 Chef du Pôle hospitalo-universitaire de Psychiatrie de l’enfant et de l’adolescent (PHUPEA), CH Guillaume Régnier (CHGR), Rennes
4 Laboratoire Integrative Neuroscience and Cognition Center (INCC), CNRS UMR 8002 et Université Paris Cité
* Correspondance : A. Berthoz, S. Tordjman

The argument supported in this article is that having a multiplicity and choice of locations facilitates changes in spatial perspective during mobility, which leads to a high level of cognitive flexibility that benefits both patients and caregivers in order to address psychological disorders and therapies in innovative ways. Changes in spatial perspective and point of view facilitate the mobilization of mental representations, thus contributing to the establishment of a dynamic of change and to the therapeutic process. This brief review of paradigms and data on cognitive functioning by a clinician, Sylvie Tordjman, and a neurophysiologist, Alain Berthoz, compares the neural bases of shifts in spatial perspective and viewpoint with the practice and clinical approaches of mobile teams.