Online game generates data for dementia study
- December 2, 2016
- Posted by: admin
- Category: Dementia
An online game designed to assist in a dementia study and has fed back important information about orientation skills and will continue to do so as people continue to play.
The game follows the journey of an elderly former sea explorer who has lost his memories. It’s called Sea Quest Hero and was developed by Deutsche Telekom and Alzheimer’s Research UK.
Following its launch in May, the game has already generated enough data to help create a global benchmark for brain navigational processes and variations between men, women, young and old.
It has been played more than 2.4 million times worldwide, giving more than 9,400 years’ worth of equivalent lab-based research.
Hugo Spiers, a neuroscientist at Britain’s University College London led the research team. He said: “The findings the game is yielding have enormous potential to support vital developments in dementia research.”