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Updated 09/06/2016
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Map 3D Neurons and Discover Neuroscience Secrets
Solve 3D puzzles to decipher neuronal synaptic connections.

Based in the Seung Computational Neuroscience Lab at Princeton University, Eyewire investigators are solving the mysteries of the brain with the help of the public.  Over 225,000 people around the world have played what has been called a “3D neuroscience coloring book” — a puzzle game anyone can play without having any knowledge or experience in the field of neuroscience. 

Eyewire researchers aim to eventually map the human brain, but for now they are starting with the retina.  Players map the connections between retinal neurons, helping researchers understand how neurons process information.  Players have already helped researchers understand how a mammal can detect motion, which has remained a mystery — until now.  Eyewire researchers hope their work can lead to advances in blindness therapies, the development of retinal prosthestics, and other benefits.

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