The Brain and Epilepsy

Randal Holly

It is important to share with students that our understanding of the brain, or more accurately, the central nervous system is far from complete. This is great because children,in particular, like things that are beyond the absolute control of adults. Having said this, there are some simple concepts that can be taught and will serve as an excellent foundation for further neurological study:

  • all of the body's activities are influenced or controlled by the central nervous system
  • brain cells are not reproduced
  • alcohol and trauma can damage brain cells
  • one uses all of his or her brain

  • The web site Bill Nye's:The Brain will be quite integral in helping students attain these and other related concepts. Once you are at the web site:

  • click U-Nye-Verse
  • click Episodes
  • Highlight Pick an L.S. Episode
  • Scroll down to The Brain and highlight
  • click Go
  • Now have some fun!

    Hey! Do you want to see the human brain and the central nervous system? Visit Neuroscience For Kids. Once you are at the web site:

  • Click Explore the Nervous System

    Now, suppose we consider that an area of the brain is discovered causing an inappropriate or otherwise detrimental behavior. Loosely understood, this is the basis of epilepsy. Excellent information on its causes and less invasive treatment procedures is provided by The Rush Epilepsy Center. One existing method for the treatment of epilepsy involves neurosurgeons removing the portion of the brain recognized as being responsible for the behavior of concern. More about this surgical procedure can be found at Epilepsy Surgery. Some activities for students after visiting the web site:

  • write a persuasive piece supporting this type of surgical procedure
  • present an historical view on the treatment of epilepsy by the medical profession (sort of a comparitive study on then and now)

  • By the way, I chose red and white because these are the colors of my favorite NCAA football team. Can you guess which team? (hint: they have been national champions three out of the last four years!) Click here.