Saturday 26 May 2012
When starting off with localization of function and looking at case studies of people who have amnesia as a result of stroke, I spend some time introducing my students to the concept of strokes. This is something that all are vaguely familiar with, but which I think deserves a bit of time in the classroom. I teach them the difference between an ischemic stroke, where oxygen is restricted to some part of the brain, and a hemorraghic stroke, where a blood vessel bursts in the brain causing damage in the surrounding region of the aneurysm.
There are several videos that are also helpful. Perhaps one of the most moving is the story of Sarah Scott - a teenage girl who has Broca's aphasia. Her personal story is documented online. Here she is soon after her stroke. And then her she is 18 months later.
There are also classic examples of aphasia studies. Here is one of Broca's aphasia and one of Wernicke's aphasia. You may also want to show them this Ted Talks by Jill Bolte Taylor's personal story of having a stroke and recovering.