This Game Could Help With Alzheimer’s Research

This Game Could Help With Alzheimer’s Research
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A smartphone app uses VR to track and provide insight into dementia and Alzheimer's disease

Mario Valdivieso
  • 26 september 2017

With advancements in science and technology, scientists have been working day and night to research Alzheimer’s and dementia which has taken a toll on many people and their families. As of late, virtual reality has played a role in conducting this research in the form of short films used to trigger happy memories for patients. A new smartphone app takes this concept further by actually helping scientists get a detailed understanding of how the brain functions.

Sea Quest Hero follows a sea captain who has lost his knowledge of the sea as his son takes him through all the places they’ve sailed together in an attempt to regain his father’s memory. Commonly people with early signs of Alzheimer’s and dementia have problems with navigation, the game uses virtual reality in its gameplay to help scientists gather data on a how a healthy brain navigates space.

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The VR aspect of this game allows them to track subtle things such as eye movements and detailed reactions, also seeing how the mind works through a maze. With this research funded by Alzheimer’s Research UK, scientists can determine what goes wrong with the brain when dementia or Alzheimer’s occurs. The game also helps with efficiency as scientists can gather data in two minutes of gameplay that would normally require five hours of research to acquire. With games like Sea Quest Hero, VR is able to advance society beyond entertainment.

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Sea Quest Hero

With advancements in science and technology, scientists have been working day and night to research Alzheimer’s and dementia which has taken a toll on many people and their families. As of late, virtual reality has played a role in conducting this research in the form of short films used to trigger happy memories for patients. A new smartphone app takes this concept further by actually helping scientists get a detailed understanding of how the brain functions.

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