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A collection of images from previous neuroscience articles, including those of an octopus in a chamber, artistic renditions of a brain, brain scans, and an image of neural connections in vitro.
Our Favorite Neuroscience Stories of 2022
This year, neuroscience researchers made important discoveries related to how neurodegeneration attacks the human brain, hooked cultured neurons up to machinery to teach them to play a video game, and more.
Our Favorite Neuroscience Stories of 2022
Our Favorite Neuroscience Stories of 2022

This year, neuroscience researchers made important discoveries related to how neurodegeneration attacks the human brain, hooked cultured neurons up to machinery to teach them to play a video game, and more.

This year, neuroscience researchers made important discoveries related to how neurodegeneration attacks the human brain, hooked cultured neurons up to machinery to teach them to play a video game, and more.

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Microscope image of interconnected neurons, which appear as colorful starbursts of light.
How Neurons in a Dish Learned to Play “Pong”
Dan Robitzski | Oct 12, 2022 | 5 min read
The DishBrain system can send and receive electrophysiological signals to and from living neurons, training the cells to accomplish a task.
RNA design game video artificial intelligence create structure change sequence
Image of the Day: Design Challenge
Chia-Yi Hou | Jul 9, 2019 | 1 min read
An online video game helps researchers create strategies for creating RNA.
Gamers Solve RNA Structures
Abby Olena, PhD | Jan 28, 2014 | 2 min read
An online competition gives citizen scientists a chance to design RNA molecules to generate a target structure.
Video Game Boosts Multitasking Skills
Chris Palmer | Sep 4, 2013 | 2 min read
Training for several hours with a racing video game improves the multitasking abilities of 60- to 85-year-olds for up to six months.
Playing for Words
Edyta Zielinska | Feb 28, 2013 | 3 min read
Children with dyslexia have an easier time learning to read after playing action video games that don’t incorporate reading.
Gaming with Autism
Micah Mazurek | Jan 1, 2013 | 3 min read
Screen-based technologies show promise for autism intervention—but research is still needed to evaluate both the benefits and the possible negative effects.
Games for Science
The Scientist Staff | Jan 1, 2013 | 10+ min read
Scientists are using video games to tap the collective intelligence of people around the world, while doctors and educators are turning to games to treat and teach.
Toying with RNA
Hayley Dunning | Jun 26, 2012 | 1 min read
A new online game challenges users to design RNA sequences with the opportunity to have them brought to life.
Video Gamers Help Solve Disease
Jef Akst | Dec 20, 2011 | 1 min read
The collective intelligence of thousands of video game players is helping researchers understand the regulation of more than 500 different disease genes.
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