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Study examines the relationship between the ability to detect sarcasm and frontotemporal dementia

Tuesday 16 December 2008

A study published in the journal Brain, suggests that the ability to detect sarcasm may be a helpful tool when diagnosing frontotemporal dementia (FTD).


Lead by John Hodges, with researchers from the University of New South Wales, he explained It shows people with FTD are very literal because the differences were all about tone of voice, mannerisms and subtle social clues... When we tried this on 19 people with Alzheimers disease, they had no trouble with it, so this could be very helpful in diagnosing the condition.