Talk therapy? AI may detect 'earliest symptoms' of dementia by analyzing speech patterns
A new artificial intelligence-powered tool aims to detect signs of dementia, Alzheimer’s and other memory disorders by analyzing a person’s speech and language patterns. The system is called CognoSpeak. Researchers at the University of Sheffield in the U.K. developed it. In early trials that included both Alzheimer’s patients and cognitively heathy people, the tool showed 90% accuracy in identifying those with dementia — which is just as accurate as "pen-and-paper tests," according to a press release announcing the new tool.
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Brain’s Melody and Prose: How Music and Language Affect Different Regions
A recent study reveals how different brain areas are activated when processing music and language. Using direct brain recordings during an awake craniotomy, the researchers observed shared temporal lobe activity for both music and language. However, when complexity increased in melodies or grammar, different brain regions showed distinct sensitivities. This unique approach provided insights into how small parts assemble into larger structures in the neurobiology of music and language.