VR detects early Alzheimer's signs through spatial navigation impairments

Neuroscience News February 29, 2024, 11:00 PM UTC

Summary: A study by UCL researchers used VR to detect early signs of Alzheimer’s in 100 at-risk adults. Spatial navigation impairments were found to precede traditional cognitive decline symptoms, particularly in men. This could lead to earlier diagnosis and more effective treatment, crucial for new anti-amyloid therapies. The findings suggest spatial navigation changes may be the earliest diagnostic signal for Alzheimer’s, potentially decades before other symptoms. The study was published in Alzheimer’s & Dementia.

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