Play games to advance neuroscience
Zoran Popovi? A computer science professor at the University of Washington, has created a game which is helping advance the neuroscience and brain health of the players. The players have to trace lines over fuzzy images with a computer mouse, which has a dreamy music.
Under the supervision of Dr. Popovic, a group Center for Game Science in University of Washington developed the game in collaboration with the Allen Institute for Brain Science, a nonprofit research organization founded by Paul Allen, the billionaire co-founder of Microsoft, that is seeking a better understanding of the brain
The game “Mozak,” uses common tricks of the medium — points, leveling up and leader boards that publicly rank the performance of players —facilitating the creation of three-dimensional models of neurons.
Using the structuring of neurons in the form of a game could one day help researchers understand the roots of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s and their treatment.
If we create a corpus of thousands of these neurons, the chances are the computational methods will become better,” Dr. Popovi? said. “You can see this as symbiosis — computers learn from what people are doing and they do better.”
The game has helped the reconstruction of neurons much faster than what the professional analysts were doing in the allen institute. Mozak is a also helping a lot in using crowds to tackle complex problems thereby engaging them in science.
A game which helps the brain develop is something which should be looked forward too. A really commendable effort!!