Incoherent and Non-specific Speech Can Be the First Sign of Mental Decline
According to a new study, a rambling and non-specific speech might be the early sign of the coming mental decline – Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. Researchers managed to find evidence that people with mild cognitive impairment are more likely to use more words than necessary and they usually need more time to find the right words compared to their healthy counterparts.
For the study, the researchers compared the language abilities of 22 healthy young persons, 24 senior persons, and 22 people with MCI. Patients with MCI gave long and redundant with their answers to simple questions.
Lead researcher Janet Cohen Sherman from Massachusetts General Hospital explains: “They were much less concise in conveying information, the sentences they produced were much longer, they had a hard time staying on point and I guess you could say they were much more roundabout in getting their point across.”