Science Helps Us Understand What Zombies' Brains Look Like. No, Really.

August 11, 2011

Science has taught a lot of useful things. This isn't one of them.

Some neuroscientists from the University of California were inspired to study the science of the undead, which is quite something considering the undead don't exist, and actually created a map of a human's brain after it undergoes its transformation from an observant and moral being to a green, lifeless, lumbering flesh-eating machine.

Bradley Voytek and Timothy Verstynen were inspired to study the mythical science of zombies after watching some classic flesh-eating films and on a lark, they founded and created the Zombie Research Society and even conducted a study on the most effective survival scenarios in the event of a zombie attack. Voytek also recently appeared at Comic-Con to discuss the science of zombies and the possibility of a real world outbreak, a panel we recently featured on my list of the "Strangest Sounding Comic-Con Panels."

Wired sat down with the Ph.D-holding scientist to discuss what a zombie brain might look like based on its behavior patterns and stimulus reaction and how to use this information to your advantage to survive in the post-apocalyptic wasteland.

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