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The use of case studies in teaching undergraduate neuroscience.
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PMID:  23493154     Owner:  NLM     Status:  PubMed-not-MEDLINE    
Case studies have been the cornerstone of many discoveries in neurology and continue to be an indispensable source of knowledge. Attaching a name, face, and story to the study of neurological disorders makes them more "real" and memorable. This article describes the value of the case study methodology and its advantages as a pedagogical approach. It also illustrates how the seminal case of H.M. can be used to highlight the advantages and disadvantages of the case study methodology. Three exercises are described for incorporating case studies into neuroscience courses. The first exercise requires students to conduct a literature review regarding their assigned case and then design an experiment to address a lingering question regarding that neurological disorder. Survey results of 90 students provide quantitative and qualitative support for this approach. The vast majority of students indicated this exercise was a valuable learning experience; sparked interest in the topic and in biopsychology; increased their knowledge and stimulated critical thinking. The second exercise discusses how students might conduct their own case studies. The third exercise emphasizes the use of case studies as a platform to examine competing hypotheses regarding neurological conditions and their treatment. A table listing case studies appropriate for undergraduate neuroscience courses is included. Cases are categorized by the type of neurological disorder and notes regarding the nature of and content of each case are provided.
William M Meil
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Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2007-06-15
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of undergraduate neuroscience education : JUNE : a publication of FUN, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience     Volume:  5     ISSN:  1544-2896     ISO Abbreviation:  J Undergrad Neurosci Educ     Publication Date:  2007  
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Created Date:  2013-03-15     Completed Date:  2013-03-18     Revised Date:  2013-04-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101229224     Medline TA:  J Undergrad Neurosci Educ     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  A53-62     Citation Subset:  -    
Psychology Department, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA 15705.
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