EyeWire- Crowdsourcing neurons

EyeWire is a game to map the brain from the Seung Lab at MIT. Anyone can play and you need no scientific background. Over 130,000 people from 145 countries play. Together we are mapping the 3D structure of neurons; advancing our quest to understand ourselves.”

I have started playing this game to learn more about the structure of neurons as well as how best to implement citizen science.  I have created this set of posts which I am using to capture 1- My scores 2- Chat conversations and 3- Ideas on how to better motivate game players (eyewirers) 4- How to apply what I learn about playing the game…. more

By joining EyeWire, you can help map the connectome, starting with connections between retinal neurons. EyeWire gameplay advances neuroscience by helping researchers discover how neurons connect and network to process information. You also help the EyeWire team, based at MIT, develop advanced artificial intelligence and computational technologies for mapping the connectome.

Sebastian Seung’s blog post Play EyeWire and Contribute to Neuroscience Research at MIT Introductory Tutorials on YouTube Wikipedia Entry

Nice summary by Times-Tribune reporter, Kevin O’Neill, who actually tried ...

Simple Mapper applied to Neuroscience

The  Dolan DNA Learning Center based at  Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory has developed a Simple Mapper to power a web site on the brain (www.g2conline.org).

“You can use it to organize what comes out of yours.”

and applied to neuroscience at this Cold Springs Harbor website 

Crowdsourcing Brain Data

Mason neuroscientist Giorgio Ascoli is working on another complexity related to the brain — how to handle the massive amount of data researchers are creating on a near-daily basis.

National Academies Keck Futures Initiative is a step toward giving researchers another tool in their work. It’s a data overload worth organizing because, as Ascoli points out, such a “knowledge base” could reveal patterns, show untapped areas for future research and cut duplication.

Brain Initiative discussed on Charlie Rose Show (video)

Eric Kandel of Columbia University, Thomas Insel of the National Institute of Mental Health, Story Landis of the National Institute of Health, Cornelia Bargmann of Rockefeller University and William Newsome of Stanford University.... Charlie Rose back to camera..

The best neuroscience images of 2013

Recommended and post by KurzweilAI net

The brain bank science blog (by a group of Manchester, UK-based scientists) has posted 12 images from 2013 that are as much fantastic works of art as neuroscience. Shown here: “Brainbow,” a transgenic system designed to label different types of brain cells in a festive panoply of colors.  More

 

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