Study: Change in sense of humor could signal dementia

(LONDON) — A study from the University College of London that was published in the in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease revealed that an increasingly warped sense of humor could be a sign of impending dementia.

Using questionnaires of family members of patients suffering from frontotemporal dementia, as well as from the patients themselves, researchers noticed a commonality: in the years before they were diagnosed, the patients’ senses of humor shifted. Increasingly, they’d laugh at inappropriate times, or otherwise display impulsive behaviors that they wouldn’t normally have.

The type of dementia that was studied affects the parts of the brain that deal with personality and behavior, the researchers noted, which means those suffering from it often become impulsive and can “struggle with social situations.”

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