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Dementia game 'shows lifelong navigational decline' 游戏助失智症研究—“方向感随年龄增长而减弱”

 

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这项有关失智症的研究实验是通过一款航海游戏开展的。研究结果表明,人类的方位感和导航能力会在一生中逐步减弱。研究人员记录并分析了二百四十万名下载该游戏的用户的相关数据,在 2016 年的神经科学会议上报告了他们的实验结果。阿尔茨海默症患者的初始症状之一就是失去方向感。请听 James Gallagher 的报道。

Sea Hero Quest is a nautical adventure to reclaim an old sailor’s lost memories. A touch of a smartphone screen sails a boat round desert islands and icy oceans. The game anonymously records the player’s sense of direction and navigational ability. 2.4 million people have played it.

It allowed scientists to show for the first time that our sense of direction falls consistently after our teenage years. The results, presented at the Neuroscience 2016 conference, also showed men have a slightly better sense of direction than women and that Nordic nations with the best in the world.

One of the signs of Alzheimer’s disease is becoming completely disorientated. Researchers hope that understanding the normal decline in navigational ability could eventually help test for the disease.

词汇表

nautical 航海的
reclaim 找回,追回
desert islands 荒岛
anonymously 匿名地
sense of direction 方向感,方位感
navigational 导航的,引航的
consistently 持续地,一直地
disorientated 迷失方向的
test 检测,检验

测验

请听报道并回答下列问题。

1. How many people have played the game mentioned in the text?

2. What were scientists able to show with the help of the game?

3. True or false? People from Nordic countries have the best sense of direction in the world, according to the findings.

4. Which word in the text means 'the gradual loss in amount, value and strength'?

答案

1. How many people have played the game mentioned in the text?
2.4 million people have played the game.

2. What were scientists able to show with the help of the game?
With the help of the game, scientists were able to show for the first time that our sense of direction falls consistently after our teenage years.

3. True or false? People from Nordic countries have the best sense of direction in the world, according to the findings.
True. The results showed that Nordic nations have the best sense of direction in the world.

4. Which word in the text means 'the gradual loss in amount, value and strength'?
Decline.


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