Sea Hero Quest: the mobile phone game helping fight dementia

The Guardian 

A mobile phone game that tests spatial navigation skills and has been played by 2.4 million people, has become the largest dementia study in history and raised hopes of a breakthrough in diagnosing the disease. Sea Hero Quest, a collaboration between Alzheimer's Research UK, Deutsche Telekom, game designers Glitchers and scientists, has generated the equivalent of 9,400 years of lab-based research since its launch in May. Experts hope to use the data to create the world's first global benchmark for spatial navigation, one of the first abilities affected by dementia, and to develop the game into an early diagnostic test for the disease, which is the leading cause of death in England and Wales. Dr Hugo Spiers, of University College London, who presented the preliminary findings at the Neuroscience 2016 conference in San Diego, said: "This is the only study of its kind, on this scale, to date. Its accuracy greatly exceeds that of all previous research in this area.

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