Princeton researchers have gamified brain mapping

May 22, 2018, 9:05 AM EDT
(Source: amy leonard/flickr)
(Source: amy leonard/flickr)

Our embryonic knowledge of how 100 billion neurons, making 100 trillion connections, function in the brain just got richer with an innovative effort by researchers at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute (PNI) that crowdsources brain mapping with video game players.

As part of the project “Eyewire,” the researchers together with a quarter million gamers have built a “Digital Museum” akin to a brain atlas, mapping more than 3,000 neural cells and in the process, identifying six new types of neurons, writes Futurism.

Mapping trillions of neural connections in the brain is an immeasurably complex task, but made a little less unwieldy by hundreds and thousands of hours donated by video gamer community, reports Princeton University.