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Science on Screen at the Coolidge Corner Theatre takes a dark twist with a presentation of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, George A. Romero's 1968 genre-defining zombie horror film on Monday, April 13 at 7:00 pm. This unusual program is the "brainchild" of psychiatrist and Harvard Medical School professor Steven C. Schlozman, a self-described zombie film fanatic who will join us before the film to explore the theoretical neuroscience of zombies and the psychological effects they have on others.

What would the brain of a zombie look like? Why do zombies have such poor physical balance, and why are they always so hungry? From a psychological perspective, why do normal people, in the absence of being infected, descend to sub-cortical zombie behavior in almost every zombie movie? And just what is it about the concept of the living dead that continually fascinates audiences? Zombie fans will have lots to chew on.

Science on Screen is co-presented by The Museum of Science and New Scientist magazine. For more information, visit www.coolidge.org/science.

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