13 December 2008

Australian researchers use sarcasm to diagnose fronto temporal dementia

Don’t miss this: sarcasm’s wit
University of New South Wales: 12 December 2008
Sarcasm might be the lowest form of wit but something’s amiss if you can’t detect it, according to UNSW researchers. Patients with a particular type of dementia often can’t pick up when someone is being sarcastic, according to a paper which has been published in the journal Brain. The study’s result could be used to help provide an early diagnosis for the behavioural form of frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and to help manage the condition. It may be particularly useful in determining which patients will deteriorate rapidly. … > full story : view ABC news story (1:40 min)

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