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Crowdsourced Neuroscience Via Gaming

The Great Brain Experiment is looking to study our brains in a way that only functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scanners could before and this is being done using a game. You can download the game onto an iOS or Android device and test yourself and how you compare to others through a series of specially-designed mini games. This is a new project from University College London (UCL) and they are looking to leverage game-collected big data to asses our brains, which is a first as far as I know. This form of data collection can save money because the cost of fMRI time is just too damn high.

“The Great Brain Experiment is one of the first neuroscience experiments to ‘gamify’ data collection and crowdsource it to volunteers. This has the potential to be the largest neuroscience experiment ever conducted, marking a new development in citizen science and allowing us to ask some really interesting questions that have never before been possible to ask in neuroscience.”

My favourite mini game in the app is the picture test, but only because I outperform “the average person” (it’s all about the small victories in life, isn’t it?). “In the game, the user sees a succession of different images, each of which appears very briefly. In the middle might be two different images of cats; at the end, the user is asked to select the second cat out of a choice of four. The majority of people will not be able to answer correctly.”

You can read more about the game from UCL’s press release.

Your Unwritten Masterpiece

Admittedly, this isn’t game related, but it is pretty great. We’ve seen a lot of gaming projects raise money through crowdsourcing, and now Toronto game designer and writer Daniel Perlmutter is raising money to create your Unwritten Masterpiece.

What I’m proposing is this: I’ll write a book that’s at least 200 pages long. I’ll publish it. I’ll get it into bookstores. I’ll do all the hard stuff. You just tell me what you want to see in it. Imagine that!

Just think, when this novel is climbing the bestseller charts you can tell your friends: I worked on that. You can sign copies and hand them out as gifts to visiting dignitaries. You can do that thing where you pass by a bookstore and see the book displayed in the window and you stop, just for a moment, and catch a reflection of yourself, then smile and keep walking. Or you can just forget the whole thing every happened. That’s up to you.

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