“Our discovery demonstrates changes in the brain regions that process speech into understandable words occur early on. This finding could be the first sign of decline in communication-related brain function and the research technique used in the study could lead to the development of a cost-effective and objective dementia screening test for older adults.”

– Dr. Claude Alain, the study’s senior author and senior scientist at Baycrest’s Rotman Research Institute (RRI)

Their research technique was able to predict Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), a condition that is likely to develop into Alzheimer’s, with 80 per cent accuracy. Based on this, the researchers hope to explore the development a portable, reliable and easy-to-use alternate diagnostic test for MCI.

Read more about the study’s findings here.