Can our language tell us if we’re not well?

The words we use can reveal a lot of social information. But in the future, computers will examine our words to detect mental illnesses like dementia and motor neuron disease — even before lab tests. How would this work?

Researcher Katie Fraser talks to Daniel, Kylie, and Ben on this episode of Talk the Talk.

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Show notes

How to Pronounce Latinx

JFK: “I Am a Jelly Donut” (“Ich Bin ein Berliner”)

The Real Meaning of Ich Bin ein Berliner

US now has more Spanish speakers than Spain – only Mexico has more

Read Tim Kaine’s Speech at the Democratic Convention

In DNC speech peppered with Spanish, Tim Kaine says Clinton is ‘lista’ to be president

Tim Kaine Spoke Spanish At The DNC, But Don’t Overlook These Important Perspectives From The Convention

Globalist: The Republicans’ barb: John Kerry ‘looks French’

Trump to Bush: This Is A Country Where We Speak English, Not Spanish

Trump Supporter on Kaine Speaking Spanish: At RNC, ‘I Didn’t Have to Get a Translator’

Scottie Nell Hughes on Kaine Speaking Spanish: Didn’t Need a ‘Translator’ for RNC Speeches

GOP convention speaker breaks into Spanish

Ralph Alvarado addresses Hispanic voters in Spanish at GOP convention

With Vigorous Plea, Ralph Alvaredo Rises as Possible New GOP Star

Republican convention staff try to make signs in Spanish, get grammar completely wrong

Why Trump supporters are particularly likely to complain about Spanish speakers at the Democratic convention

Kaine En Español: Pandering Or A Symbol Of Understanding For Latinos?

Can natural language processing help detect dementia? This U of T grad student is trying to find out

Kathleen (Katie) Fraser @UofT

Research highlights misdiagnosis for people with Alzheimer’s disease

Psychiatry When You Don’t Speak the Language

Language Could Diagnose Parkinson’s, ALS and Schizophrenia before Lab Tests

Online Stroop Test

Words Matter: Clinician’s Notes May Hold Key to Suicide Risk

How does my therapist rate? New machine-learning software detects empathy in therapy sessions

GLAAD Media Reference Guide – Transgender Issues

‘How could you?’ Viewers condemn Karl Stefanovic for ‘transphobic’ language

Watch: Karl Stefanovic Offers Solid Apology For His Transphobic Comments

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