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The following lessons about neuroscience have been inspired by the book, The Zombie Autopsies, written by Dr. Steven C. Schlozman, and are intended to complement it. The Zombie Autopsies was inspired by George Romero’s 1968 cult-classic horror film Night of the Living Dead.

These original lessons build upon each other, using the undead to teach the living about the brain. The lessons follow an accompanying plot line where the world is fighting a zombie apocalypse and the best and the brightest young people are being trained as medical students – with a specialty in neuroscience – with the hopes that they will be able to provide a cure to this terrible epidemic and save humanity.  

Although the materials are organized as a unit, lessons can be used as stand-alone or can be shaped to fit the needs of you and your students regarding time and content. Introduce zombie neurobiology to your classroom today!

The Zombie Autopsies Introduction


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The Zombie Autopsies Introduction

The following lessons about neuroscience have been inspired by the book, “The Zombie Autopsies”, written by Steven C. Schlozman, M.D., and are intended to complement it.

  • Grades: 8-12
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  • Downloads: 654
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Lesson 1: You'll be Wishin' for Some Neurotransmission


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Lesson 1: You'll be Wishin' for Some Neurotransmission

This lesson from PBS NewsHour Presents: The Zombie Autopsies introduces students to neurons and neurotransmission through multi-media and active learning games.

  • Grades: 8-13+
  • Views: 2252
  • Downloads: 572
  • Favorites: 48
Lesson 2: The Neuroanatomy of a Zombie


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Lesson 2: The Neuroanatomy of a Zombie

This lesson from PBS NewsHour Presents: The Zombie Autopsies teaches students about neurotransmitters, neurotransmission and neuroanatomy through multi-media and active learning games.

  • Grades: 8-13+
  • Views: 1303
  • Downloads: 263
  • Favorites: 60
Lesson 3: Super Spooky Psychiatric Medicine to Save the World


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Lesson 3: Super Spooky Psychiatric Medicine to Save the World

This lesson from PBS NewsHour Presents: The Zombie Autopsies introduces students to the concept of medications development and gives students a simulation to apply what they know about neurotransmitters, neurotransmission and zombies . 

  • Grades: 8-13+
  • Views: 744
  • Downloads: 199
  • Favorites: 49
Lesson 4: Publish or Perish...for Real


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Lesson 4: Publish or Perish...for Real

This lesson from PBS NewsHour Presents: The Zombie Autopsies introduces students to writing an academic journal articles and allows them to apply what they have learned during the Neuroscience and Zombies Unit.

  • Grades: 8-13+
  • Views: 418
  • Downloads: 99
  • Favorites: 48