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Virtual reality brain training game to predate Alzheimer’s disease

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A research team with scientists from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH) and the Centre for Research and Technology Hellas/Information Technologies Institute etc. has developed a self-administered virtual supermarket cognitive training game for remotely detecting mild cognitive impairment (MCI). The benefits are that there is no need for an examiner and since it is self-administered one can much earlier detect MCI, and thereby improve the possibility to conduct suitable interventions that can stabilize the patients’ condition and prevent further decline towards dementia. This should be seen in the light of that self-administered computerized cognitive training exercises/games are gaining popularity among older adults as an easy and enjoyable activity to maintain cognitive health. By adding one more purpose, to detect early stages of disorders that indicate Alzheimer’s disease, would be a great development within the field. This is the first instance where a self-administered virtual reality application was used to detect MCI with a high degree of reliability. Source: Science Daily

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