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Zombies and the Science of Braaaaains with Jackie Omelian 

SciPOP Talk

Date: Time: 7:00 pm
Love Library South Room: 221 – Peterson Room
Additional Info: LLS
Contact: Joan Barnes, (402) 472-6987, Jbarnes3@unl.edu
Staggering, moaning, and barely alive – no, not students in an 8am lecture – ZOMBIES! In this talk we’ll apply neuroscience and psychology concepts to explain the what, why, and how to of these perennially popular undead creatures.
Why are zombies like that anyways? Maybe all that moaning and groaning and murder is just a bad case of “hanger” from a massive nutrient deficiency. Or maybe they’d love to chat but have damage to their temporal lobe or cranial nerves making them a mumbling mess. We’ll examine the brain areas associated with common zombie symptoms and how they might differ from the healthy human brain. We’ll also consider some of the ways in which a zombie apocalypse could actually happen by looking at real world examples of diseases and disorders that hijack the nervous system for their own nefarious ends. For example, rabies is a virus that causes aggression and is spread primarily through the bite of an infected individual… sound familiar? By the end of the talk you should develop a greater understanding of your own brain and be well prepared to repel a zombie apocalypse, should one occur.


Dr. Jacquelyn Omelian is an assistant professor of practice in the UNL psychology department, where she teaches a wide variety of neuroscience classes. She also shares her love of brains with the public through her educational outreach group NeuroWOW.

This talk is free and open to the public.
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