Sudoku Seizure


When I first heard the story, I immediately fact-checked it. None of the places I checked reported hearing the story, but I am not convinced the story is true. What do you think?

A medical journal reported that solving a Sudoku puzzle caused a student to have seizures. The student has been seizure free for five years simply by not attempting to solve Sudoku puzzles.

I don’t know all the facts of this unusual case, and I am not a doctor, but I question whether or not the student was predisposed to play Sudoku when he somehow sensed he was about to have a seizure. I am also curious if being seizure free has nothing to do with the decision not to play Sudoku and is the result of anti-seizure medication the student is taking.


Thanks to Google for helping find the story; and all the other people who, directly or indirectly, made it possible to include the picture and text in this post.




  1. Hmmm. Maybe if the student was using a sudoku smartphone app with lots of flashing lights, and had been playing for hours and hours – nah, I still don’t buy it. But if you find out it IS true, let your audience know!

    1. Howard, I’ll certainly add to the post if I have proof it is possible, but I think the only way there could be a connection is your suggestion. The student played on some sort of electronic device and there were lots of flashing images.

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