Verbal gaffe or sign of trouble? Mixing up names like Biden and Trump have done is pretty common

 

February 9, 2024



WASHINGTON (AP) — Any parent who's ever called one of their children by the other's name — or even the family pet's name — likely could empathize when President Joe Biden mixed up the names of French leaders Macron and Mitterrand.

The human brain has trouble pulling names out of stuffed memory banks on cue. But when are those and other verbal stumbles normal, and when might they be a sign of cognitive trouble?

"When I see somebody make a flub on TV, I'm really not all that concerned," said well-known aging researcher S. Jay Olshansky of the University of Illinois at Chicago. "What sci...



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