Part 1&2 – Investigating Heredity, Neuropsychology is above all a science

“Investigating Heredity” (Garrett & Hough, 2022, p. 111).

Neuropsychology is above all a science. As such, those who work in the field use the scientific method to understand the brain and our behaviors. The role of genetics and the environment cannot be denied in mental or physical disorders. However, how we test certain areas or apply the findings of the research can have serious ethical implications.

Questions to discuss:

What are some of the methods we use to study neuroscience? 

What can be some of the ethical issues that must be addressed when doing research/experiments? (Garrett & Hough, 2022,  116).

Consider stem cell therapy. Why is this considered an “unethical procedure” for some? Should we continue the use of stem cells? Why or why not? (Garrett & Hough, 2022, p. 20).  

PART 2 Case Study Analysis”Split My Brain: A Case Study of Seizure Disorder and Brain Function”

The rehabilitative power of our brain when we are young is absolutely amazing. 

Read the following case study about a child with epilepsy and the decision that must be made about conducting a hemispherectomy to eliminate the debilitating seizures.  

Then submit the answers to questions in both Parts 1 & 2 of the  case study case study – Alternative Formats   (found on pages 2 & 5 of the case study) by the close of Week 1. 

Please note that you may need to conduct some research outside of your text to completely answer these questions. The following are some good websites you may want to check out: 
Hemispherectomy – procedure, test, blood, complications, adults, infection, operation, risk. (n.d.). Encyclopedia of Surgery: A Guide for Patients and Caregivers. https://www.surgeryencyclopedia.com/Fi-La/Hemispherectomy.html
Lew, S. M. (2014). Hemispherectomy in the treatment of seizures: a review. Translational Pediatrics, 3(3), 218-217. https://tp.amegroups.com/article/view/3760/5032
D’Arrigo (2021, July 7). What is a functional hemispherectomy? WebMD. https://www.webmd.com/epilepsy/guide/functional-hemispherectomy

Choi, C. (2007, May 24). Strange but true: When half a brain is better than a whole one. Scientific American. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/strange-but-true-when-half-brain-better-than-whole/

Part 1&2 – Investigating Heredity, Neuropsychology is above all a science

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