Scientific contribution via Mozak

I have been occasionally playing a game called Mozak. It is similar to Foldit in that it is a crowdsourced scientific research game, except this one is about reconstructing neurons by tracing their axons from three-dimensional scans. The goal is to help researchers better understand the structure of the brain at the cellular level. (In case anyone's curious, this is my game profile page here.)

I recently received an email from someone at the University of Washington's Center for Game Science, which runs the game. The following is an excerpt from that email:

I’m writing to let you know that one or more of the neurons you contributed to in Mozak will be featured in an upcoming scientific paper. Our partners at the Allen Institute for Brain Science wish to acknowledge Mozak players that participated in the following reconstructions:

Mouse-V1-20, Mouse-V1-21, Mouse-V1-22, Mouse-V1-23, Mouse-V1-24, Mouse-V1-25, Mouse-V1-32, Mouse-V1-39, Mouse-V1-40, Mouse-V1-41, Mouse-V1-43, Mouse-V1-44, Mouse-V1-49, Mouse-V1-50, Mouse-V1-54, Mouse-V1-55, Mouse-V1-56, Mouse-V1-61, Mouse-V1-64, Mouse-V1-65, Mouse-V1-67, Mouse-V1-69, Mouse-V1-70, Mouse-V1-71, Mouse-V1-72, Mouse-V1-73, Mouse-V1-75, Mouse-V1-76, Mouse-V1-78

This paper may be published in journals, shared at conferences, shared online, etc.

I replied, opting to go by my real name in the paper's acknowledgments. I think being acknowledged in an actual scientific paper is a pretty cool achievement, and I am glad to have had the opportunity to help contribute to this research.


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