They’re on to us true, but perhaps the Blackout is cracking, just a little. This wouldn’t have been published just a few years ago. Doubt they will ever get tenure now…
“Scientist Timothy Verstynen, an assistant professor in the department of psychology at Carnegie Mellon University in in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Bradley Voytek, assistant professor of cognitive science and neuroscience at the University of California, San Diego, summarised characteristic zombie behaviour seen since the global pandemic first began. This can be explained by looking at the structure of the brain.
They have dubbed the condition ‘Conscious Deficit Hypoactivity Disorder’, or CDHD, which they describe as an acquired syndrome in which those who are infected by necro mortosis lack control over their actions. The undead display symptoms such as lethargic movement, loss of pleasure, language dysfunction, amnesia and the inability to suppress hunger and aggression.
‘Zombies often have difficulty recognising familiar people and suffer chronic insomnia that results in a delirious state,’ they write. Undead individuals also exhibit antisocial behaviour, such as biting and eating people, but they swarm with other infected individuals, according to the scientist.
At the moment of death, our circulatory systems stop, starving the brain of oxygen and glucose. The longer the brain is starved of oxygen, the more extensive the damage to zombies, the neuroscientists say.
Specifically, damage to the fusiform gyrus impairs the undead’s ability to recognise faces, while damage to the superior temporal gyrus hampers their ability to process emotional facial expressions, resulting in apathy to the feelings of others.
Professors Verstynen and Voytek say lesions in the temporal parietal junction – an area of the brain where the temporal and parietal lobes meet – result in severe difficulties in understanding language and in speaking; making communication difficult and causing slurring.
Meanwhile, damage to the medial temporal lobe – especially the hippocampus, which is responsible for memory and navigation – means that zombies couldn’t form new memories and would find it hard to find their way around unfamiliar surroundings, giving humans a change of surviving an encounter.
Necrotics are known for their poor eyesight and visual impairment comes from damage to the parietal lobe. It perhaps explains why CDHD zombies can only look straight ahead and see one object at a time. Problems with spatial attention as a result of this injury, would also make general motor skills difficult.
The inability to suppress inappropriate responses, such as the desire to eat people is due to damage in the orbitofrontal cortex, while damage to the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex makes decision making difficult.
Lesions to the interior frontal cortex, especially Broca’s area,which is linked to speech production, result in communication difficulties.”