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Game On! Become a Citizen Scientist and Explore every corner of the Brain

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A new scientific discovery game, developed by Center for Game Science at Washington University in collaboration with the Allen Institute for Brain Science, has the purpose of enabling citizen scientists to build complete 3D-reconstructions of neurons from different regions of the brain in animals and people.The public research environment invites the user to actively participate in the exploration of this core task in neuroscience.The game is called Mozak and since it was launched in November 2016 it engages approx. 200 novice gamers per day. New players can also receive real-time feedback from neuroscientists on what they accomplish in the game. One of the main conclusions so far is that: “The players have also outperformed computers at tracing the complicated shapes of neurons. With minimal oversight, they can produce reconstructions that are 70 to 90 percent complete, compared to roughly 10 to 20 percent for the most effective computer-generated reconstructions.” In the future, the developers of the game also hope to use the data from the game to improve artificial intelligence applications. Source: EurekAlert

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