Mozak? What’s up with that?

news3It’s pretty likely if you follow the Center for Game Science here at the University of Washington, you’ve seen some posts lately about our upcoming neuroscience effort, which we have entitled “Mozak” (name may be tweaked slightly before release). Today, we’re offering you a chance to signup before public beta starts.

Why sign up ahead of public beta? Here are some reasons:
* Possible early access! You never know when we’re going to let in some waves to test certain browsers, levels of experience, etc. It could be you in that wave!
* First dibs on preferred usernames
* Shiny perks such as a (very likely) jump start before we open the gates to everyone! This is pretty much getting in on the near ground floor of the next biggest citizen science thing. Or you can just follow the project on Twitter and Facebook and wait for the general public beta unlocking, but signing up ahead of time is really encouraged for fast access and exclusive news.

All brains welcome! No neuroscience experience necessary!

CGS and Allen Institute Bringing Collaborative Brainpower to Neuroscience

brain Today, we’re pleased to announce our newest project in collaboration with the Allen Institute for Brain Science. With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), we are pleased to announce plans to work with a growing community of citizen neuroscientists to develop a game whose ultimate goal is to produce a “periodic table of the neurons.” The effort will use crowd-sourcing to accelerate the discovery of 3-dimentional neuronal structures, while getting students and other non-“expert” citizens who participate excited about discovering some of the mysteries of the human brain. Read the full press release to learn more about the other creative new efforts announced by the White House yesterday to get more students and adults excited about science and space.

Our new project will join our well-established crowdsourcing efforts such as Foldit and Nanocrafter, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to continue our efforts to lend our expertise in the growing realm of citizen science.

Additionally, our Foldit community has some news regarding a special puzzle challenge via the Bardwell Lab at the University of Michigan.