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A sudden, peculiar change of topic in otherwise logical speech. Also known as a loose association.

Example: “…So after the storm we found the canoe a bit down the river, and then, uh…my mother came to see me today.”

APA Reference
Grinnell, R. (2016). Derailment. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 24, 2018, from https://psychcentral.com/encyclopedia/derailment/