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A Videogame That Recruits Players to Map the Human Brain

Liz Stinson:"EyeWire is a game that helps scientists map the brain. Image: EyeWireI’m no neuroscientist, and yet, here I am at my computer attempting to reconstruct a neural circuit of the human retina. It’s not quite as difficult and definitely not as boring as it sounds. In fact, it’s actually pretty fun, which is a good thing considering I’m playing a videogame. Called EyeWire, the browser-based game asks players to map the connections between retinal neurons by coloring in 3-D slices of the brain. Much like any other game out there, being good at EyeWire earns you points, but the difference is that the data you produce during gameplay doesn’t just get you on a leader board—it’s actually used by scientists to build a better picture of the human brain."

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