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Split My Brain

A Case Study of Seizure Disorder and Brain Function


Author(s)

Julia Omarzu
Department of Psychology
Loras College
julia.omarzu@loras.edu

Abstract

This case study involves a couple deciding whether or not their son should undergo brain surgery to treat a severe seizure disorder. In examining this dilemma, students apply knowledge of brain anatomy and function. They also learn about brain scanning techniques and discuss the plasticity of the brain. The case was written for an introductory psychology course, but could be adapted for any course that covers brain anatomy, neurological disorders, or rehabilitation therapies.


Objectives

  • Understand the basics of neuron activity in the brain.
  • Understand the symptoms of epilepsy.
  • Learn about basic tests used to view brain structures and activity.
  • Learn to use the Internet to research a rare neurological disorder.
  • Learn about basic brain anatomy and functional theories of the brain.
  • Gain awareness of brain “plasticity.”

Keywords

Brain structure; brain function; cerebral cortex; neuron activity; neurological disorder; seizure; epilepsy; Rasmussen Syndrome; Rasmussen encephalitis, hemispherectomy; brain plasticity; electroencephalogram (EEG); magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

Educational Level

Undergraduate lower division, Undergraduate upper division

Format

PDF

Type Methods

Dilemma/Decision, Discussion

Language

English

Subject Headings

Psychology  |   Physiology  |   Neuroscience  |   Anatomy  |   Medicine (General)  |  


Date Posted

09/19/04

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Comments


Eva M. Brown, Instructor
educarefortexas@aol.com
Anatomy & Physiology
American Commercial College
San Angelo, TX
01/11/2006
With this case students were grouped and mocked an interdisciplinary team. The team captain and students read the case together. Each team member was given a question to research in order to arrive at a logical conclusion. Students were permitted five weeks to complete the assignment.

Use of the case presented the opportunity to work together as a team and helped develop research skills. Students were able to chart data. Students were also able to assemble mock charts.

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