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Inability to detect sarcasm may signal dementia

A new study found that losing the ability to detect if someone is being sarcastic may be a warning sign of dementia.

April 18, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Losing the ability to detect if someone is being sarcastic may be a warning sign of dementia.

In a new study, researchers at University of California, San Francisco discovered that people with dementia affecting the frontal lobes of their brain had difficulty recognizing indirect language such as sarcasm or even deceit.

The researcher said the findings, if proven true, could provide another clue to help doctors diagnose the disease.

The study was reported at the 63rd annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology in Hawaii.