The Science Behind Wights and Other Zombies

Winter is here, and it doesn't look good. The Wight army are making way for Westeros and nothing is going to stop them. But let's escape the realm of fiction and lore, and delve a bit into the science behind these reanimated corpses.

With some help from a neuroscientist, we will try illuminate what these wights or zombies are, how do they function, whether they eat brains, and all that jazz.

“There’s the socio-cultural definition of zombie from tales in Haitian voodoo, where someone was put into a state similar to death and then ‘brought back to life,’” says Bradley Voytek, avid Game of Thrones fan, neuroscientist at the University of California-San Diego, and co-author of Do Zombies Dream of Undead Sheep, which uses zombies as the basis for an introduction to serious neuroscience.

(Image credit: Wikimedia Commons)

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