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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 Mistaken Memory?

This case explores the fundamental principles of memory, eyewitness accuracy, and police questioning techniques in witness identification in a crim ...


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 Collision of Two Worlds

This case uses an excerpt from the novel I Never Promised You a Rose Garden to teach students to recognize symptoms of mental illness. Stu ...


A Recipe for Invention

In this case study, designed to help break down stereotypes about scientists and engineers, students research the personal and professional lives o ...


A Rush to Judgment?

This case describes a study conducted by students in which a number of ethical issues arise, including the treatment of research participants and t ...


A Social-Cognitive Exploration of Reactions to Leiby Kletzky's Abduction and Homicide

An eight-year-old boy, abducted while walking home from day camp, is killed and dismembered, and his alleged murderer, a member of the boy's commun ...


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 ...


Anxiety Doesn’t Work

This case study tells the story of Mo, an individual with social anxiety disorder who seeks mental health treatment. The purpose of this case is

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 ...


Artificial Sanity

Using the story of death row inmate Charles Singleton, who developed paranoid schizophrenia while in prison awaiting execution, this case study exp ...


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 ...


Case of Maria

This case illustrates concepts of assessment, diagnosis, and treatment within the context of a counseling relationship. Its primary purpose is to t ...


Chemical Eric Can't See

This autobiographical case study presents the story of Eric as he learns that he has a genetic eye disease, which progresses to the point that he b ...


Dire Straights

This case study is a fictional account of a romantic interlude in which a secret concerning the gender history of one of the characters is revealed ...


Emily and Dr. Haskins

This case study on clinical practice, preparation, and acumen follows the story of Emily, an intelligent, hard working, and motivated student who y ...


Exploring Unintentional Racism

This case study is designed to help students explore their attitudes about race and examine the complexity of racism. It also has been used to teac ...


Extrasensory Perception: Pseudoscience?

The overall purpose of this case study is to teach students to be skeptical of scientific claims, particularly those that are sensational and fall ...


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 ...


I Almost Missed the Marathon

This case study is about a German man named Fritz Jähn. Fritz was physically active in his youth and an achievement-striving individual who wa ...


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 ...


Inside the Opioid Crisis

This case study follows the struggles of "James" as he copes with extreme pain resulting from an automobile accident.  Unable to manage his sy ...


Joe Joins the Circus (or Elephant Love)

In this interrupted case study, students cover concepts and terms related to classical and operant conditioning as they read about how "Joe," an an ...


Josie

In this interdisciplinary case, students meet Josie, the main character, who suffers from a variety of symptoms. Students must grapple with the con ...


Just Lose It!

This case study introduces “Rose” and “Michael,” a couple with infertility issues that may be related to Rose’s weigh ...


Kate-tastrophy

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


Local vs. Foreign Tragedy

This case study challenges students to understand and apply a set of concepts from the domain of social psychology to an inflammatory article that ...


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 ...


Modern Frankenstein?

This interdisciplinary case study uses the format of a progressive disclosure to explore certain advances in biotechnology and evaluate them within ...


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 ...


Paired Associates Learning, the Shortfalls of Behaviorism, and the Rise of Cognitivism

In this interrupted case study, students learn about a series of studies conducted in the late '50s/early '60s by Robert Young at the University of ...


Prayer Study

In this case, students read a news article about a study of the effects of intercessory prayer on cardiac patients published in the Archives of ...


Salem's Secrets

This case study examines the Salem witch trials that took place in Salem, Massachusetts, in the late 1600s. It is designed to provide students with ...


Selecting the Perfect Baby

This dilemma case is based on the true story of Jack and Lisa Nash, whose daughter Molly was born with a rare genetic disorder, Fanconi anemia. By ...


Skinny Genes?

This case study introduces Megi, an active teenager who has recovered from anorexia nervosa.  The method of progressive disclosure is used to ...


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 ...


Stereotype Threat and Recommendations for Overcoming It

This case study uses an example of racism experienced by a Korean American student to explore the concept of stereotype threat and its impact on co ...


Studying Racial Bias

Students evaluate a research proposal to determine if it is consistent with ethical principles and federal guidelines for conducting research with ...


The 2000-Meter Row: A Case Study in Performance Anxiety

This case study is based on another case in our collection, The 2000-Meter Row: A Case in Homeostasis, which emphasizes the metabolic, res ...


The Great Parking Debate

Two friends debate whether people leave their parking spaces faster if others are waiting. They decide to see if they can design a study to test th ...


The Irresistible Costs of Impressing Others

Recent research indicates that people who boast to friends and those who are modest to strangers are less able to regulate their behaviors on other ...


The Lady of Charleston?

This case uses the real story of Dawn Langley Simmons, who may have been misidentified as male at birth, to illustrate the developmental basis of h ...


The Mozart Effect

In this case study, students are given information regarding an advertisement claiming that listening to the classical music in the advertised CD s ...


The Power of Communication

This directed case study begins with an intentionally ambiguous story: Q suddenly realizes that it is time to relay a message to Z (another inhabit ...


Thirty-Two Seconds to Go: A Case of Motivation, Locus of Control, and Self-Efficacy

In the 1983 Big Eight Conference championship football game, Neil Harris deflected a pass with 32 seconds to go in a play that stopped the Universi ...


To Be Who I Am

This case examines a rare condition known as Body Integrity Identity Disorder, in which an individual has a persistent and consuming desire to beco ...


Under the Knife and Completely Aware

This case study is based on a newspaper article about the suicide of Sherman Sizemore shortly after he underwent an exploratory laparotomy (abdomin ...


War, Death, and Cognitive Dissonance

This case study explores cognitive dissonance theory, a theory proposed by psychologist Leon Festinger in 1956 to explain the tension that exists w ...