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Neuroscience & the Classroom: Making Connections

Nico’s story

Nico Sainz-Trápaga, who has only the left hemisphere of his brain, has also compensated for his differences and is active in art and fencing.

The right hemisphere of the brain is generally considered to be dominant for many functions, including prosody. When he was three years old, Nico suffered from life-threatening epileptic seizures and received a hemispherectomy of the right side of his brain. Yet Nico learned to overcome differences, understanding and using tonal inflection in his interactions with others, and is engaged in painting, fencing, and social activities.

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Neuroscience & the Classroom: Making Connections


Produced by Science Media Group at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in association with the Mind, Brain, and Education program at the Harvard GSE; and the Brain and Creativity Institute and Rossier SOE at the University of Southern California. 2012.
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  • ISBN: 1-57680-894-7