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A “Deafinite” Cause for Alarm

“Henry” is not the best of patients. He has been admitted into the hospital with bacterial pneumonia, but he soon becomes bored and fru ...

A Botched Botox Party in the Hamptons

This flipped case study explores how the topics of membrane structure, transport, and signaling via membrane-bound receptors are intimately associa ...

A Case of a Pheochromocytoma

“Rollie Hendrix,” a 35-year-old husband and father of three children, has been experiencing headaches and palpitations of increasing fr ...

A Case of Cerebrovascular Accident

"Samuel Dexter" is 52 years old, overweight, and a heavy smoker. He wakes one morning with weakness on his right side.  When he attempts to wa ...

A Case of Seasonal Affective Disorder

“Melanie Johnson” is a 32-year-old accountant who has moved to Green Bay, Wisconsin, from her hometown of Sarasota, Florida.  For ...

A Case of Spinal Cord Injury

“Jason Hendrix,” a 21-year-old student majoring in economics, is injured in a serious motorcycle accident while on spring break in Flor ...

A Case Study of Memory Loss in Mice

This discussion case explores the scientific process involved in implementing an animal model in the study of Alzheimer’s disease. Students r ...

A Genetic Defense for Murder?

This case study presents the mock trial of "Martin Miller." There is no question that Martin killed his girlfriend; he admitted to stabbing her in ...

A Search for the Right Answer

In this role-playing case study on Parkinson’s disease, students learn about brain injury and brain repair mechanisms, the physical and psych ...

A Tradesman’s Journey Back from a Cerebral Incident

This directed case study tells the story of a middle-aged man with hypertension and hyperlipidemia who experiences an ischemic cerebrovascular acci ...

Abnormal Psychology in the Hundred Acre Wood

In 2000, Sara E. Shea and co-authors published "Pathology in the Hundred Acre Wood: A neurodevelopmental perspective on A.A. Milne" in the Cana ...

Agony and Ecstasy

This interrupted case study explores the scientific, legal, and societal complexities of repurposing an illicit substance, 3,4-methylenedioxymetham ...

Are You Blue? What Can You Do?

This case study introduces students to treatment alternatives for depression using a jigsaw method in which groups of students are divided up so th ...

Brain Workouts

This directed case study follows two college roommates, Darrell and Anthony, who have just returned to school after winter vacation. They share tha ...

Bringing Home More than a Medal

This case study was inspired by the Zika virus outbreak that occurred around the time of the 2016 Olympic Games. Many athletes were fearful of atte ...

Escape from Planet Soma

In this case, students assume the role of a fictitious space explorer captured by aliens. To win their release, they must correctly explain the neu ...

Feeling Detoxified

This case study uses the example of ionic foot baths to examine how placebo treatments can affect our health and wellness. Inspired by a student&rs ...

Fluid in the Ear

This interrupted case study follows the progress of Julius, a singer in a rock band who suffers from severe headaches and pressure in his ears. Whi ...

Football Fanaticism

A fight in a college town bar between the football player of one team and a drunken fan of a rival team results in a serious spinal cord injury. St ...

Headaches, Mood Swings, and Dropping Things

This interrupted case study walks students through the stages of determining a diagnosis for a neural condition/disease in a 62-year-old female. Th ...

Holes in the Matter

This case centers on a fictional group of young adults who studied abroad together in Scotland as college students. A number of them develop diseas ...

How Do Scallops Swim?

Scallops are bivalve mollusks that live on the seabed. This way of life makes them susceptible to predation and so they have evolved the ability to ...

I Can Quit Anytime I Want

This “clicker case” explores the biological basis for the temporary euphoria that accompanies drug use as well as certain aspects of th ...

I Can See Clearly Now

This series of mini cases focuses on the cortical areas associated with vision and visual perception. Each case depicts a breakdown in visual perce ...

It Takes a Lot of Nerve

In this two-part case study on the nervous system, students learn about neural pathways. The case scenarios are drawn from real life and require st ...

Kate-tastrophy

In this interrupted case, students examine the concept of unconsciousness and develop an understanding of how clinicians diagnose death. Developed ...

Lee Family Problems: The Yin and Yang of Membrane Physiology

This interrupted case study follows "Elaina Lee" and her family through a series of medical mishaps. Elaina suffers a reaction to an overdose of an ...

Michael's Story

This interdisciplinary case study introduces us to the Greens, a family with a recently diagnosed autistic child. Autism is one of several disorder ...

Mini Cases in Movement Disorders

This collection of six short cases focuses on brain areas and neurotransmitters involved in the control of movement. Students are divided into work ...

Mini Cases in Psychoactive Drugs and Their Effects on the Brain

Designed for an upper-level psychology class titled Brain & Behavior, this series of mini-cases can be used in any undergraduate cours ...

Monkey Brains

This case study in comparative physiology explores the connections between physiology, evolution and behavior. Students assume the role of research ...

Nature or Nurture

This case explores the question of whether gender identity is determined strictly by genetics (nature) or social variables (nurture).  It is b ...

Running Off Track

This interrupted case study follows the course of Cara, a high school athlete training for the state championships in cross country. She suffers fr ...

Sonic Hedgehog

In this case study about a baby born with the genetic condition holoprosencephaly, students explore the “Sonic hedgehog” gene, signal t ...

Speak Up!

This series of mini cases focuses on language deficits (aphasias) and their likely organic causes (problems in specific brain areas). Students read ...

Split My Brain

This case study involves a couple deciding whether or not their son should undergo brain surgery to treat a severe seizure disorder. In examining t ...

Stuck on Repeat

This interrupted case study is based on the real symptoms and laboratory results of a 65-year-old female stroke victim who is obese and on medicati ...

The Campus Coffee Shop

Since caffeine is a widely used substance, especially by college age students, this case on the effects of caffeine on the human body serves as a r ...

The Case of the Malfunctioning Neuron

This flipped case study tells the story of Joyce, a biology student who notices the development of some unusual symptoms (foot slapping and slurred ...

The Challenge of Epilepsy

This case study was originally developed for undergraduate science students as part of an extracurricular competition, but it could also be deliver ...

The Frozen Addicts

This interrupted case study is based on a PBS NOVA episode covering events in the summer of 1982 when seven California heroin users mysteriously an ...

The Game Changer

This interrupted case study traces the football career of Anthony "Tony Tonka Truck" Williams, and the types of brain  trauma that he suffers ...

The Tired Swimmer

Annie is on a college swimming scholarship. Recently she has been feeling tired and her times have been getting slower. She has also noticed that h ...

To Be or Not to Be ... an Inhibitory Neurotransmitter

Jessica and George are students struggling to understand the forces which control ions moving across membranes.  For the nervous system in par ...

Wearing on Her Nerves

This case study is designed to integrate important aspects of the nervous and muscular system portions of an anatomy and physiology course. Student ...

When Jenn Lost Her Nerve

In many physiology classes the frog neuromuscular junction (NMJ) is presented as the classic example of a chemical synapse, but many synapses show ...

Yvette's Brave Battle

This case is based on the true story of a woman with choriocarcinoma, a rare type of rapidly dividing and metastatic cancer derived from cells of t ...