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Non-verbal vocalizations, dementia and social interaction.
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PMID:  23264978     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
In later stages of Alzheimer's disease many people will engage in noise-making (screaming and other kinds of sounds), often experienced as interruptive by others. A problem with the noise-making is the difficulty in understanding the meaning of the noise. This study addresses two questions: to what extent is noise-making responsive to the ongoing interaction and is noise-making regarded as meaningless behavior by other participants? The analysis of selective examples shows that noises may be fitted into the conversational interaction to a certain degree and in some instances is also responsive to interaction. The co-participants tend to treat the noises as meaningful. A general conclusion is that if utterances and responses in interaction are treated as if they are meaningful, they will become meaningful in their consequences for all participants.
Lars-Christer Hydén
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Communication & medicine     Volume:  8     ISSN:  1612-1783     ISO Abbreviation:  Commun Med     Publication Date:  2011  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-12-25     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101201068     Medline TA:  Commun Med     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  135-44     Citation Subset:  IM    
Center for Dementia Research, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Linköping University, Sweden.
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