Researchers at University College London are interested in whether sense of humour changes might help predict frontotemporal dementia (FTD). Their latest paper suggests that changes in sense of humour can be an early sign of this type of dementia, and might help improve differential dementia diagnosis at an early stage.
People with behavioural variant FTD (bvFTD) have been found to have an “altered” sense of humour, compared to people with Alzheimer’s Disease and healthy individuals. This includes laughing at events not normally considered funny, a preference for crude slapstick comedy, and laughing inappropriately at tragic events in the news or in personal / social life.
Roberts, M. (2015). Change in sense of humour ‘a sign of impending dementia’. London: BBC Health News, November 10th 2015.
Changes in humour an early sign of dementia. London: Medical Research Council (MRC), November 9th 2015.
Changes in humour may be an early sign of dementia. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. November 10th 2015. [Online editorial commentary / press release].
This relates to:
Clark, CN. Nicholas, JM. [and] Gordon, E. [et al] (2015). Altered sense of humor in dementia. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. September 24th 2015, Vol.49(1), pp.111-119.
Possibly also of interest:
Clark, CN. Nicholas, JM. [and] Henley, SM. [et al] (2015). Humour processing in frontotemporal lobar degeneration: A behavioural and neuroanatomical analysis. Cortex. August 2015; 69: pp.47-59.