What can zombies teach us about neuroscience?


In their 2014 book 'Do Zombies Dream of Undead Sheep?', Professors Timothy Verstynen and Bradley Voytek use the popular topic of zombies to explain various neurological processes. They do this by treating zombies as if they are regular patients, performing a systematic neurological investigation to link their classic behaviours back up to the brain. In this podcast, Timothy Versynen talks to Raj Persaud about what zombies can teach us about the human brain.


Date published: 05 October 2015

Presenter: Dr Raj Persaud

Interviewee: Professor Timothy Verstynen

Audio running time: 25 minutes

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Learning outcomes


By the end of this podcast, we hope you will have gained an understanding of:


  • the role of the brain stem and midbrain in sleep function


  • the evolutionary links to sleep and wake functions


  • the effect that particular neurological chemicals can have on the brain


  • the symptoms of Cotard delusion, prosopagnosia and alien hand syndrome.


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