Changes In One’s Sense of Humor May Be a Sign of Dementia
November 11th, 2015 | by Michael Fox
A study at University College London found that early signs of dementia may be noticeable through the changes in a person’s sense of humor and what one thinks is and is not actually seen as being funny.
The study suggests that satirical comedy that requires added thinking is not as preferred among dementia patients as those whose brain functions are normal. Also, absurdist forms of comedy are disliked among people who have dementia but not necessarily among those who are healthy.
Interestingly, all people in the study had a strong interest in physical comedy regardless of whether or not they have developed dementia.
There were also concerns that people with dementia were more likely to laugh at the most inopportune times like at funerals. They would also be more likely to find humor out of things that may not be humorous including stories about major disasters or tragedies in the news.