Launching an astronaut from one planet to land successfully on another could be the future of detecting cognitive and functional decline in older adults.

Not launches initiated by NASA mission control, but by ordinary people playing a simple computer game developed by Andrew Hooyman, a postdoctoral research scholar in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University.

This work, conducted in collaboration with researchers at ASU, the University of Utah and the Translational Genomics Research Institute, aligns with new National Institutes of Health initiatives focused on enabling earlier and more accurate detection of Alzheimer’s disease. Understanding how current mental and physical abilities forecast a person’s future abilities is one component of this effort.

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