Predicting elders' cognitive flexibility from their language use

Man Ying Wang, Yu An Ko, Chin Lan Huang, Jyun Hong Chen, Te Tien Ting

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Abstract

Increasing research efforts are directed towards the relationship between cognitive decline and language use. However, few of them had focused specifically on how language use is related to cognitive flexibility. This study recruited 51 elders aged 53-74 to discuss their daily activities in focus groups. The transcribed discourse was analyzed using the Chinese version of LIWC (Lin et al., 2020; Pennebaker et al., 2015) for cognitive complexity and dynamic language as well as content words related to elders' daily activities. The interruption behavior during conversation was also analyzed. The results showed that, after controlling for education, gender and age, cognitive flexibility performance was accompanied by the increasing adoption of dynamic language, insight words and family words. These findings serve as the basis for the prediction of elders' cognitive flexibility through their daily language use.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationROCLING 2021 - Proceedings of the 33rd Conference on Computational Linguistics and Speech Processing
EditorsLung-Hao Lee, Chia-Hui Chang, Kuan-Yu Chen
PublisherThe Association for Computational Linguistics and Chinese Language Processing (ACLCLP)
Pages132-137
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9789869576949
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Event33rd Conference on Computational Linguistics and Speech Processing, ROCLING 2021 - Taoyuan, Taiwan
Duration: 2021 Oct 152021 Oct 16

Publication series

NameROCLING 2021 - Proceedings of the 33rd Conference on Computational Linguistics and Speech Processing

Conference

Conference33rd Conference on Computational Linguistics and Speech Processing, ROCLING 2021
Country/TerritoryTaiwan
CityTaoyuan
Period21-10-1521-10-16

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Speech and Hearing

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