Hiroko Dodge


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Topic-Based Measures of Conversation for Detecting Mild CognitiveImpairment
Meysam Asgari | Liu Chen | Hiroko Dodge
Proceedings of the First Workshop on Natural Language Processing for Medical Conversations

Conversation is a complex cognitive task that engages multiple aspects of cognitive functions to remember the discussed topics, monitor the semantic and linguistic elements, and recognize others’ emotions. In this paper, we propose a computational method based on the lexical coherence of consecutive utterances to quantify topical variations in semi-structured conversations of older adults with cognitive impairments. Extracting the lexical knowledge of conversational utterances, our method generate a set of novel conversational measures that indicate underlying cognitive deficits among subjects with mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Our preliminary results verifies the utility of the proposed conversation-based measures in distinguishing MCI from healthy controls.