Our Scientists at Work: When Cognitive Decline Comes Up In Conversation
Meaningful conversation hinges not just on the words or ideas we string together to explain ourselves and the world, it also hinges on our awareness of whom we’re speaking with. But as we enter old age, our conversational capability declines. Yet, we’ve become experts at discourse. And what’s more, we’re driven to connect with others. Cognitive psychologist William Horton, PhD, discusses how this expertise and drive to communicate fare in the face of cognitive decline.