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Split Brain

What is split brain syndrome?

Split brain syndrome happens when the corpus callosum is damaged or cut so that the two hemispheres of the brain can not communicate with one another. This may occur, for example, from a surgery to try to alleviate epilepsy. Except under special conditions, a person with split brain syndrome behaves fairly normally. Under certain conditions though, neat things can happen. Explore the links below to investigate this condition further.

The Lesson

  1. Go to this site and run various trial experiments and try to predict what the patient will say. (this site requires 'shockwave')
  2. Then go to this site and run the Split Brain Experiment. (this site requires 'flash')
  3. Then go to this site and read about Split Brain Syndrome.
  4. Go to The Extra Odd Behavior of Paul S. to read about a patient who could talk to you from each side of his brain - fascinating!

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