It may be a case of “use it or lose it.” While it’s important to remember that correlation doesn’t necessarily mean causality, a study just published in JAMA Psychology offers evidence that reading on a daily basis in later years, and playing games, may help stave off dementia.
Speakers hesitate or make brief pauses filled with sounds like 'uh' or 'uhm' mostly before nouns. Such slow-down effects are far less frequent before verbs, as researchers working together with an international team have now discovered by looking at examples from different languages.
S. Vahdati, N. Arndt, S. Auer, and C. Lange. Proceedings of 20th International Conference on Knowledge Engineering and Knowledge Management (EKAW'2016), 10024, Heidelberg, Springer Verlag, (November 2016)