Given an even dimensional manifold, the mapping class group acts on middle dimensional cohomology (or homology) and this action preserves the intersection form. For manifold of dimension $4k+2$, the action symplectic, while it is orthogonal for manifold of dimension $4k$.
In dimension 2, it is well-known that any integral symplectic transformation on the cohomology of degree 1 can be realized by some diffeomorphism. I would like to know if this is still true in higher dimension. I am interested mostly in the symplectic case (dimension $4k+2$).
More generally, does anyone know a good reference about mapping class groups of manifolds of dimension higher than 2? All the references I found treat exclusively the case of surfaces.
Thanks in advance.