Sea Hero Quest is doing a great job at detecting the early stages of Alzheimer’s.
The game was built specifically to detect the early stage of Alzheimer’s. A new study has been released and the results are positive.
Sea Hero Quest is a game where you navigate around a map trying to reach various locations. The map is then removed and it’s your job to navigate from memory. Through this method, researchers are able to detect the early signs of Alzheimer’s in at-risk patients before they show the telling signs.
The game was developed by Glitchers in partnership with Deutsche Telekom, University College London (UCL) and University of East Anglia.
In an interview with Alzheimer’s Research UK Prof Michael Hornberger, from UEA’s Norwich Medical School said:
“Our findings will inform future diagnostic recommendations and disease treatments to address this devastating disease.”
Gillian Coughlan, also from UEA’s Norwich Medical School said:
“Sea Hero Quest succeeded where a conventional memory and thinking test failed. It demonstrates the power of harnessing large-scale citizen science projects and applying big data technologies, to help improve the early detection of diseases like Alzheimer’s.”
Researchers report that two minutes of play corresponds to five hours of lab research. The game has ~4.3million players which amount to a ton of useful data for neuroscientists to pour over.