UCL Psychology and Language Sciences


Play Sea Hero Quest and help scientists at UCL and other universities fight dementia

4 May 2016

Sea Hero Quest is a new game which has been created by scientists at UCL and  other universities to help fight dementia by understanding more about how the brain navigates.

Loss of navigational skills is one of the first symptoms of dementia. By playing Sea Hero Quest for two minutes, you can generate the same amount of data that scientists would take five hours to collect in similar lab-based research.

Sea Hero Quest players sail the seas navigating mazes, shooting flares to test  orientation, and chasing creatures to capture photos of them.

Dr Hugo Spiers (Research Department of Experimental Psychology), who helped develop the game, says that mobile technology has enabled scientists to carry out data collection on a mass scale for the first time, and encourages everyone to play to game.

Image: from Sea Hero Quest