«Sea Hero Quest», a virtual game created specifically for the detection of early stages of Alzheimer's disease has been incredibly effective, according to new research.
As explained Gameinformer, in the «Sea Hero Quest» you are operating. Your goal is to reach the various control points using the card, but later on the card will be completely removed, so you will have to travel to these points only from memory.
This formula has helped researchers and health professionals to identify early onset of Alzheimer's disease in people who have not yet experienced sur & # 39; oznyh symptoms.
These mild symptoms can not always be detected by medical tests, and, according to a study published in the journal PNAS, «Sea Hero Quest» was so effective that it allows them to better identify than traditional tests.
The researchers found that players with high genetic risk of Alzheimer's disease are choosing less efficient routes for the achievement of the control points in the game. Moreover, the movement patterns were found among the players from the group of genetic risks, which have not had any problems with memory.
The researchers say that every two minutes in the game «Sea Hero Quest» equal to five hours of laboratory research. Since the release of the game a few years ago, the data collected in it, is now equivalent to the 1700s Alzheimer's disease research. «Sea Hero Quest" with more than 4.3 million players called "the largest study of dementia in history."
«Sea Hero Quest» was created by the developer of mobile applications Glitchers and financed by Deutsche Telekom in collaboration with researchers at University College London, University of East Anglia, and Alzheimer's research center in the UK.