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Shift In Sense Of Humor May Signal Onset Of Dementia

Published this month in the "Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease," a study found that an altered sense of humor can predate a diagnosis of dementia by as much as 10 years, according to a story on The Wall Street Journal website.
Published this month in the "Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease," a study found that an altered sense of humor can predate a diagnosis of dementia by as much as 10 years, according to a story on The Wall Street Journal website. Photo Credit: Ridgefield Library

New research from University College London suggests that shifts in what a person finds funny can herald imminent changes in the brain.

Published this month in the "Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease," the study found that an altered sense of humor can predate a diagnosis of dementia by as much as 10 years, according to a Wall Street Journal story.

A burgeoning penchant for slapstick—over a past preference for satire or absurdist humor, for example—characterized nearly everyone who eventually developed frontotemporal dementia. (Far less common than Alzheimer’s, this illness usually hits people in their 50s and 60s.) But a changed sense of comedy affected less than half the people later diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, according to The Wall Street Journal website.

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