Lost and All At Sea: Game-Players Feed Dementia Research? (BBC News / Neuroscience 2016 Conference / Alzheimer’s Research UK / JGCR / Brain)

Summary

Researchers at University College London have used a popular video game called Sea Hero Quest to investigate how players’ sense of direction and navigational ability typically decline over a lifetime. Analysis of the results could help dementia researchers develop a dementia diagnosis test.

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Gallagher, J. (2016). Dementia game ‘shows lifelong navigational decline’. London: BBC Health News, November 17th 2016.

See further:

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First data from Sea Hero Quest game revealed. [Online]: Alzheimer’s Research UK, November 16th 2016.

The Virtual Reality Enhancement

Moving the game into virtual reality, with Sea Hero Quest VR, promises to allow researchers capture 15 times richer data; in pursuit of the long-term aim of being able to detect dementia in the earliest stages. Incidentally, possible confirmation of old cultural stereotypes?

“ …men have a slightly better sense of direction than women and the Nordic nations outperform the rest of the world… ”

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Gallagher, J. (2017). Virtual reality game takes on dementia. London: BBC Health News, August 29th 2017.

Projections on the Many Dimensions of Socio-Cultural Inequality

The influence of socio-cultural inequalities?

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Gallagher, J. (2018). The unpleasant reason men navigate better than women. London: BBC Health News, August 9th 2018.

See also, for possible socio-cultural background confounders:

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Women won’t have equality for 100 years – World Economic Forum. London: BBC World News, November 2nd 2017.

June 2019 Update

A brief narrative literature review:

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Spatial navigation: a behavioural biomarker for improved dementia diagnosis? Journal of Geriatric Care and Research (JGCR). June 2019. Vol.6(1): pp.20-22.

Further confirmation of the basic hypothesis, using HTC Vive iVR equipment:

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Reference

Howett, D. Castegnaro, A. [and] Krzywicka, K. [et al] (2019). Differentiation of mild cognitive impairment using an entorhinal cortex-based test of virtual reality navigation. Brain. June 1st 2019; 142(6): 1751-1766.

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