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Do Zombies Dream of Undead Sheep? - A Neuroscientific View of the Zombie Brain

Do Zombies Dream of Undead Sheep? - A Neuroscientific View of the Zombie Brain
Borító: Fűzött
ISBN: 9780691173153
Nyelv: angol
Méret: 14*215
Tömeg: 350 g
Oldalszám: 272
Megjelenés éve: 2016
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Do Zombies Dream of Undead Sheep? - A Neuroscientific View of the Zombie Brain

Winner of the 2015 PROSE Award in Biomedicine & Neuroscience, Association of American Publishers

Even if you`ve never seen a zombie movie or television show, you could identify an undead ghoul if you saw one. With their endless wandering, lumbering gait, insatiable hunger, antisocial behavior, and apparently memory-less existence, zombies are the walking nightmares of our deepest fears. What do these characteristic behaviors reveal about the inner workings of the zombie mind? Could we diagnose zombism as a neurological condition by studying their behavior? In Do Zombies Dream of Undead Sheep?, neuroscientists and zombie enthusiasts Timothy Verstynen and Bradley Voytek apply their neuro-know-how to dissect the puzzle of what has happened to the zombie brain to make the undead act differently than their human prey.

Combining tongue-in-cheek analysis with modern neuroscientific principles, Verstynen and Voytek show how zombism can be understood in terms of current knowledge regarding how the brain works. In each chapter, the authors draw on zombie popular culture and identify a characteristic zombie behavior that can be explained using neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, and brain-behavior relationships. Through this exploration they shed light on fundamental neuroscientific questions such as: How does the brain function during sleeping and waking? What neural systems control movement? What is the nature of sensory perception?

Walking an ingenious line between seriousness and satire, Do Zombies Dream of Undead Sheep? leverages the popularity of zombie culture in order to give readers a solid foundation in neuroscience.

Timothy Verstynen is assistant professor in the Department of Psychology and at the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition at Carnegie Mellon University. Bradley Voytek is assistant professor of computational cognitive science and neuroscience at the University of California, San Diego. They are both members of the Zombie Research Society.

Table of Contents:

LIST OF FIGURES vii
PRELUDE SACRIFICES NOT MADE IN VAIN ix
INTRODUCTION
CHAPTER 1 GRAY`S (UNDEAD) ANATOMY 7
CHAPTER 2 DO ZOMBIES DREAM OF UNDEAD SHEEP? 27
CHAPTER 3 THE NEURAL CORRELATES OF LUMBERING 49
CHAPTER 4 HUNGRY, ANGRY, AND STUPID IS NO WAY TO GO THROUGH UNLIFE 66
CHAPTER 5 THERE’S NO CRYING IN THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE! 90
CHAPTER 6 TONGUE-TIED AND TWISTED 104
CHAPTER 7 DISENGAGEMENT DEFICIT OF THE DEAD 131
CHAPTER 8 WHOSE UNDEAD FACE IS THIS, ANYWAY? 149
CHAPTER 9 HOW AM I NOT MYSELF? 166
CHAPTER 10 ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE UNDEAD MIND 179
CHAPTER 11 FIGHTING THE ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE . . . WITH SCIENCE! 202
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 231
GLOSSARY 233
INDEX 251




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