This is worth checking out. A mobile game made by Deutsche Telecom partnered with scientists from the University of College London, the University of East Anglia, and Alzheimer’s Research UK is helping gain important data that will help Dementia and Alzheimer’s research. Sea Hero Quest is a mobile game where users go on an adventure, play puzzles, complete tasks, and in doing so, help send valuable data to scientists.
According to Sea Hero Quest‘s website, there is a new case of Alzheimer’s or Dementia every 3 seconds and just 2 minutes of playing Sea Hero Quest equates to the same amount of data scientists would receive in 5 hours of lab time. You can actually do good while playing this fun game.
The main goals of the game align with skills that scientists need data on–navigating mazes, accurately shooting flares, and chasing creatures. One early sign of Dementia is loss of navigation skills and Sea Hero Quest seeks to use data provided by users to create a benchmark for the loss of this skill. But don’t worry, some of us are directionally challenged and that doesn’t necessarily mean you have Dementia. What’s important is that scientists gather as much data as they can about how people maneuver around this icy world even if you have to use MapQuest just to get around the block.
Check out the video below to discover more about how scientists are using data from Sea Hero Quest to inform Dementia and Alzheimer’s research:
The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America estimates that as many as 5.1 million Americans may have Alzheimer’s and that as the United States population ages, an even larger percentage of Americans will suffer from this disease. But simply by playing a fun mobile game, we can all contribute to important research that may help people.
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