Conversational Speech in the Diagnosis of Neurocognitive Disorders

Primary Objective

This study seeks to develop new diagnostic tools using conversational speech, with the hopes of eventually using recorded conversations between primary care doctors and their patients to help detect neurocognitive disease in its early stages.

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Using elements of conversational speech such as tone of voice and duration of speaking is a cheap, non-invasive way to gather information, which can be used to direct medical interventions that will help slow or prevent the progression of neurological disease.

Main Procedures Involved: This study will consist of cognitive tests such as reading from standardized passages, noun and verb naming tasks, and watching videos. Additionally, we will record several minutes of physiological activity using non-invasive measures (i.e. a pulse monitor).

Duration of Participation: Two visits, one year apart



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Principal Investigator
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Peter Pressman, MD

Study ID

Protocol Number: 18-0456

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