This trimester, students in the Upper School STEAM elective Zombiology are exploring everything from the aesthetics of "The Walking Dead" graphic novels to the biology of infectious disease.
Last week, the class welcomed Dr. Brad Voytek, an Assistant Professor of Computational Cognitive Science and Neuroscience at UCSD, and one of the world's premiere zombie brain experts...seriously. Dr. Voytek, co-author ofDo Zombie's Dream of Undead Sheep? uses popular culture's fascination with zombic mythology to start conversations about modern neuroscientific principles. For example, according to Dr. Voytek, a zombie's insatiable hunger and trademark rage could be explained by a dysfunctional orbitofrontal cortex, overly dominant limbic system, and massively disturbed hormonal system. Phew!