Revealing the mechanism behind word-finding difficulties in older adults as detected by speech analysis software

When we get older, we tend to experience difficulties naming people, locations, and objects around us more frequently. Word-finding difficulties like these are not only sources of frustration but also crucial indications of a general cognitive decline. The company Winterlight Labs developed a software that analyzes natural speech for detection of cognitive decline and found that word-finding difficulties can be important cognitive indications. The proposed project aims at understanding the factors behind word-finding difficulties in aging while evaluating an online word-finding game as a cognitive assessment. The validation of the novel assessment can facilitate early detection of cognitive decline and support Winterlight Labs’ speech analysis technology as a fast, easy, and objective tool for detecting cognitive impairments. (118)

Hsi (Tiana) Wei
Faculty Supervisor: 
Jed Meltzer
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