Game shows that ability to navigate declines at young age

Story highlights

  • A mobile game called "Sea Hero Quest" tracks spatial awareness among users
  • Doctors will use the data to help diagnose dementia

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(CNN)A mobile game has revealed the navigational skills of people around the world in a bid to develop an accurate test for dementia.

The smartphone game, called "Sea Hero Quest," asks players to set sail on a global adventure in search of precious artifacts -- in the form of memories -- which can be collected at different locations around the world.
    As you progress through the game, scientists can use the data you generate to gain insight into your navigational abilities, which is one of the firs