The Curious Case of Alien Hand Syndrome (AHS) – Dylan Yap

The Curious Case of Alien Hand Syndrome (AHS)

By: Dylan Yap


I chose to do my health buzz on AHS, or Alien Hand Syndrome because I found it very alluring and thought it could be turned into an entertaining, educational presentation. This issue is important to me because there are a lot of smaller syndromes and disorders that not many people know or pay attention to, and I believe that this is one of them. This doesn’t and didn’t really affect me or any of my relatives (that I know of), but I just thought that it would be something that not many people knew about which is one of the reasons I chose to do this. I already knew the basic topics, (an uncontrollable hand due to a brain part not functioning correctly), but I didn’t know about how it could’ve been affecting any limb, how the corpus callosum worked, and a caboodle of other facts. This didn’t really connect to much of my previous learning in wellness (unless you count how internal organs like arteries and the brain are alike), but I already knew about some parts of the brain because of the workshop that we had at the start of the year talking about the brain of a teenager. As I said before, this doesn’t really relate to me or anyone I know, I just found it interesting. Although this can affect teenagers, Not many people are affected due to the rarity of this disorder (only 1 percent of Americans are affected by epilepsy, less than that has had surgery for it, less than that has had their corpus callosum removed, and even less than that receive these kinds of side-effects)


I learned a lot about this disorder, including:

  • How it’s caused.
  • The symptoms of it.
  • How it affects teenagers.
  • How common it is.
  • If it can be cured.
  • More negative effects on it
  • A lot more facts that I didn’t know before.


This really expanded my learning because I wanted to learn more about the brain, and I was able to do so. I also wanted to study a really radical and unique topic, which lead me to this disorder, and now I know a lot about it. At first, I thought that alien hand syndrome was just a fascinating topic about an annoying hand, but I really learned about the danger and smartness of the other uncontrollable limb. I think that this disorder should be focused on more, although I believe that not a lot of research has been put into it because it’s a rare cause. I found it really surprising how the afflicted limb is capable of doing complex tasks, and also how dangerous alien hand syndrome can really be. My thinking has changed for all syndromes in general, which is that although a disorder may seem simple and only somewhat of an annoyance on the outside, there’s a whole new world of recorded interesting facts that people have done research on. Some people believe that alien hand syndrome is just about hands, and also that the limb is somewhat primal and not capable of doing complex tasks like unbuttoning shirts and turning on the lights. This issue has some problems, like how dangerous and confusing AHS is, as well as the fact that it is currently incurable, but some solutions to it are to keep yourself away from dangerous things and to take some medications (doctors have found out how to keep your affected limb temporarily at bay). This helped me learn lot more about the world of wellness, and how there is so much more riveting facts and details out there to learn. I also learned a lot about how wellness isn’t just about staying fit and healthy, but also an assemblage of other topics.

A Comic On Separate Brain Hemispheres

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The Mandela Effect – Jacob Dickinson

The Mandela effect is the same thing as false memory, except it is more popular. This means that if you put together a small group of people, they will likely have the same false memory. I chose this topic because it is popular with many students at ISM. This controversial issue is important because misunderstanding something can lead to confusion or misinterpretation. This will likely affect teenagers because the Mandela effect is a part of pop culture, which you can find in several places on the internet. Given the fact that teens are growing up in the digital age, they will likely come across the topic at some point. The Mandela effect probably began with collective memory. Collective memory is when a memory is told or passed down to another person. If a memory that was passed down is false, that could popularize the false memory, and create a new Mandela effect.

I learned that the temporal lobe in the brain is responsible for the misconceptions. Some interesting facts about this issue are:

  • The name Mandela Effect comes from Nelson Mandela, the former president of South Africa. Many people were confused when he died in 2013, because many remember him dying in prison in the 1980’s.
  • Blogger Fiona Broome created the term Mandela Effect from the confusion of the South African president’s death. In 2013, she launched the official Mandela Effect website, where she showed different examples of the phenomenon.
  • Popular examples of the Mandela effect are Oscar Mayer/Oscar Meyer, Looney Toons/Looney Tunes, Berenstain/Berenstein Bears and Philippines (Under Japan/Taiwan)

This personally affects me because I have always believed that the cartoon was spelled Looney Toons, and was amazed when I found out that I have been wrong the whole time. This is a problem because Mandela effects that go unnoticed will be passed on again and again, and false information will become true, even if it is not true at all. The most simple solution is to just double check. All you have to do is just read or watch it again. My opinion on this issue is that it is a very interesting psychology issue, and I can understand why it is so popular on the internet. I would like my class to know about this because we need to fully understand everything, even if it is just a wrong letter or an incorrect movie quote.

An example of a Mandela effect; many remember Kit-Kat with a dash, while in reality, the dash never existed

Art of Living, Technique of Breathing : by Anya

I grew up watching my parents and grandparents practicing this technique and because my family is VERY devoted to Guruji. My grandparents happened to go for his discourse and then started practicing the art of flushing out toxins with his breathing technique. In addition to the breathing, he also preached about how serving others invokes positivity in your own life by creating positive energy and making all your dreams come true. I understand that positivity is the core of our existence. We are all made of cells of happiness. That is why a baby doesn’t know negative emotions like hate, anger, worry, bias etc. when it is born. I did the course myself at the age of 8 and experienced tremendous joy. This issue is relevant to every creature in existence because everyone seeks happiness. This affects teenagers because at this age kids go through a lot of different types of stress and problems and it is important to clear our minds. This breathing exercise helps us release our stress and be positive. When we are positive in our subconscious, it results in a positive aura around us and makes all our dreams come true!

I have learned that I need to flush my stress out on a daily basis and be happy and positive always. I am learning that we need to be rid of stress and negative energy all the time. It is pretty fascinating how a simple breathing technique can make your life magic. Its amazing how it actually works and how just through breathing and service you can make yourself a more successful person in life. The biggest misunderstanding is that it is about religion or a cult. Its only about knowledge and service. The results can only be seen if you’re disciplined and do this exercise everyday. The solution is to be around people who are regular about it and help you stay on track.

Blood loss: Riya


I picked the issue of blood loss because recently my grandfather had a problem where he couldn’t form blood in his body and he had a scratch and the blood kept on coming and coming and even when he tried to stop it, his body was very weak because he could not form new blood. And I wanted to see what were the side effects of not having blood in your body and how it could affect you in general. I didnt know much about blood loss and blood in general but all I knew was that without blood a human cannot function well at all. I do not have a lot of connections with blood loss but a lot of my family members were suffering and that had a huge impact on my family. I feel like this issue is important because it is not just my family but a lot of people suffer from it everyday and I think that this has made a lot of effects on our society in a negative way. Blood carries oxygen to your body and if you have no blood, you will have a hard time inorder for your body to get oxygen and that will have different side effects along with it. This affects teenagers because these days we play a lot of sports and we get injured very often and therefor a lot of blood will be lost. Also its not only what happens to adults but kids but blood loss can happen to anyone in any age.

I have learned a lot about blood loss for example the fact that if you louse blood then the blood type o because it can go inside any blood inorder too have enough blood for the person that is lousing blood. I also learned that with out blood it is very hard for a person to survive and is one of the big needs for a human. Without blood you can’t walk or talk as strong or move in general. This expanded my learning because I learned a lot of different facts about blood loss and I realised how important it can be to a human. I honestly think that all of us should be aware of this issue because it has gone worse over the years as more and more people are getting into physical activities. I was very surprised when I heard that in the USA every 2 seconds someone needs blood, which is actually now gone even worse. My thinking has definitely changed because I never knew that blood loss was this important and this scary and thought it was something minor. A lot of people miss understand blood loss as just something that can happen and get cured immediately at the same but that is not quite true because it does take a while to relif all the blood in your body. Every day there is  222 billion to 242 billion cells produced in a human body. A lot of the solutions for this problem is to definitely just stop the blood as fast as possible so that you do not do louse any more blood because the more blood you louse the worse it can get. This influences my thinking about wellness because blood is a part of your body and you have to take good care of your body inorder to not louse any blood and to be able to keep on forming blood every single day.

The Language of Lying – Mayu

Pamela Meyer said, “Lying is an attempt to bridge that gap about who we wish we were, how we wish we could be, with what we’re really like.” I think this image shows what lying really is. It covers up who we really are with an unrealistic mask of ourselves.

From medieval torture devices to the 400-pound electroencephalogram, which records the activity of the brain, humans have sought ways of lie detecting throughout history. However, most can be fooled, and none are considered reliable enough. However, prevailing amongst these machines and tools is communication science. Professionals are armed with the knowledge of science, instead of these unreliable tools, and get to the truth about 94% of the time. I chose this because it interested me, how people lie, why they lie and what the human body does in response to this. Another reason is that many crime shows show interrogation and truth serums and I wanted to compare the fantastical tools and the real ones.

I have learned that according to linguistic text analysis, which is a branch of science which focuses on text, liars tend to follow 4 patterns when speaking. A study shows that fantastical stories are written drastically differently compared to written true stories. This shows that humans, although very subtly, speak and write differently when telling the truth and when we lie. First, humans tend to minimise self-reference when lying. For example, when lying, one might say, “absolutely no party took place at this house,” compared to a simple, “I didn’t host a party here,” the speaker of the first statement is distancing himself from the speaker. Second, liars tend to be more negative and use negative language because they are guilty of lying. For example, “sorry, my stupid phone died. Ugh.” Third, liars tend to explain events in simple terms, since the human brain struggles to build complex lies. Trained lie spotters ask them to repeat the story backward, fishing out the truth in the liar’s words. Finally, liars tend to speak and write in a complicated way, adding irrelevant information to cover up the lie. 

Society, generally, is against lying and deception. However, it is important to know that humans lie from an early age since we were babies. We fake cry, bluff and lie. One should not be severely punished for some lies, as most are white lies. I felt that this issue was important to understand because it can be beneficial to spot a lie, even in simple situations such as when shopping and deciding if a deal is good enough. This has changed my way of wellness as I am now aware of wellness as I now know the effects and what the body does when we lie. This research has expanded my learning and knowledge as once again, I have been faced with the complexity of the human brain.

Dyslexia by: Mariana

I picked the issue of dyslexia because I have heard about this. Which would lead me to want to know more about this and the other reason is that I wanted to know myself better. How this affects me is that is that since I can relate to this, I feel sometimes that I will make a mistake: people will laugh/make fun of me or that when I get a bad grade I blamed it to dyslexia. That’s the reason that I don’t like participating in class, which can affect an area of my grade. What I knew about this topic was that dyslexia a is a disability, also that many famous people have dyslexia like; Albert Einstein and was successful in life. Also, those people that have dyslexia are more creative and enjoy doing puzzles. Some connections I made was that first I have dyslexia. Second is that I struggle with reading and most of the times in writing and following long instructions. The third is that I enjoy doing puzzles and I am creative. How this connects to previous learning is that we should respect people even though they are different, also that we should make people feel better instead of bullying( making them feel bad which can lead to bad consequences). This issue is important because Dyslexia is a disorder that makes the learning or reading really difficult for the person who has it. They find word recognition, decoding and spelling hard for them. Dyslexia can cause problems with reading comprehension and slow down their vocabulary growth. Dyslexia may result in poor reading fluency and read out loud. And the image that you are struggling, being under stress & in frustration for homework, project, test. Dyslexics will have twice the struggling you are having.This issue affects teenagers because Dyslexia can affect teenagers differently. Dyslexia can make difficult for a teenager to express themselves clearly. Some teenagers with dyslexia can have trouble with reading and spelling, while others struggle to write or to tell which is left and right. It can be hard for them to use vocabulary and to express their thoughts during conversations. Other teenagers try to understand when someone is speaking to them. This is not like a hearing problem. Others get frustrated with the learning. The stress of dealing with homework often makes them lose the motivation to continue.

I learned that dyslexia can affect depending on the person differently, the different ways people have dyslexia, and how it affects them in their daily lives (homework, conversations,..) I also learned that Dyslexic are often thought to read backward cause of the Recency Effect, Dyslexia comes from a Greek word:
Dys: poor or inadequate & Lexis: word or language, and much more. How it expanded my learning is that I got to learn about dyslexia more than I knew before like; its meaning, effects on teenagers, interesting things, and more. My opinion about this issue is that it makes dyslexics and me stressed and annoyed. But this issue is also interesting to me because dyslexics have shown they can see three dimensionally which can affect the way they see letters. My mind has changed, that in the beginning I thought it was a disadvantage to me to have dyslexia. But know  I think that it brings positives: like we are creative, we are good in puzzles. And as it turns out  I am not the only person that struggles a feels this way, cause of dyslexia. Some misunderstandings about this issue is that people say that we read backwards, but it’s not true. What happens that makes people believe this is because something called the Recency Effect. What this does is that people that have dyslexia might have the Recency Effect, which causes the people to say a word that has the most recent sound first, an example is “tap” for “pat”. How this influences my thinking about wellness is everything we learned about respect. And my new learning about dyslexia.

This image relates to my issue because it shows you the difference between a dyslexic brain and a brain that’s normal. The brain that doesn’t have dyslexia shows three areas that it has. This brain has word analysis, word form, and articulation/word analysis. While the brain with dyslexia only has 1 area which is the articulation/word analysis.

BPV By: Chun-Chan

I chose this issue because I get BPV, and I wanted to learn more about it and why it is caused. This expands my learning so that I know what I probably shouldn’t do, or else I might end up getting dizzy more often. This is important because lots of people get it, especially females, so I think that it is good for people to know what BPV really is, instead of thinking that when you are dizzy, that it is because of dehydration. It affects teenagers because being dizzy in class is hard for you to focus, and it affects teenagers, especially girls, because when you get BPV, you shouldn’t walk around, and it gets really annoying for people.
I learnt that BPV is more common with females than males, and that you can actually trigger it, and it isn’t just something that randomly comes up. I also learnt that it is more common when you get stressed out. I think that this issue is very annoying, but it is also very interesting, because some tiny little crystals in your ear can easily affect your eyesight completely by making you go dizzy. I also think that this topic is quite interesting because you can’t get rid of it automatically, and sometimes it can make you feel like your eyeballs are not under your control. My thinking has now changed, because I thought that it was just rotten luck for me to get BPV, but it turns out that lots of people get BPV. This influences my thoughts about wellness, because I know know why and how BPV is caused.

Cell phone addiction – Mao

I chose this topic because I learned that it is one of the big issues these days and there are many physical effects, and mental and emotional impacts that can cause stress and I wanted to know more about it.Also most of the teenagers owns a phone nowadays and many people are addicted to their cell phone and I think I am one of them so I was really interested to it.

By doing a research about cell phone addiction, I learned some new ways of how cell phone addiction can affect you, and I also learned is that it is not too late even though you are already addicted to your cell phone because there are still many ways that you can get rid of it.

Also I feel that I am one of the people who are addicted to their phones and other devices including laptops so I will try to use my phone less from now on and use my time more effectively.


Social Anxiety – Aina Ferrer Bhargava

I chose this issue because this is the most common anxiety in the whole world for preteens and for teenagers. This affects both you and your family because social anxiety can pass down your family tree because you can see if your parents have social anxiety OR your surroundings can affect you. Since everyone has social anxiety at some points, I know that sometimes when you get social anxiety, you start to shake, sweat, or even cry. My connections are very similar because whenever I’m nervous of something I tend to start to have fear of my surroundings or when I’m in the middle of attention, I tend to freak out. This issue is important because every teenager in the world can get social anxiety in a click, if they aren’t aware of this issue then it could really affect them in many ways.

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When I started to research about social anxiety, I found out that this social anxiety disorder is actually the third largest mental health care problem in the world today. The reason why it’s the largest mental health care today is because teenagers often want to fit in or they either want to make sure they always look good and say the right things, they always feel like everyone’s eyes are on them. You can’t avoid it. It expanded my learning a lot because now that I’m aware of it, I can prevent it from getting serious. What I thought about this issue before I started researching is that everyone had it and as you start getting more insecure it would dig deeper. Something interesting I learned is that for children below 12 years old, symptoms of social anxiety may represent clinging behaviors, tantrums, and even selective mutism (SM). My perspective changed by a lot because now I understand people who have the social anxiety disorder and I understand that they can’t perform well in social situations. Some misunderstandings in this topic is that some people believe that if they are nervous in a social situation, they automatically think that they have the social anxiety disorder, but it’s not always because of that. Usually it’s just our fears kicking in. The problem of this issue is that you cannot get rid of it, but, you can treat it by visiting a direct cognitive-behavioral therapist, since it’s a long-term disorder. This influences my thinking of wellness because it connects to how people think and how people observe things in social situations.