Split My Brain
A Case Study of Seizure Disorder and Brain Function
Department of Psychology
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.
- 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.”
KeywordsBrain 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 LevelUndergraduate lower division, Undergraduate upper division
Type / MethodsDilemma/Decision, Discussion
Subject HeadingsPsychology | Physiology | Neuroscience | Anatomy | Medicine (General) |