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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.



Even after brain surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation treatments to eradicate his brain cancer, Scott continued to work; continued to study; and earned professional certifications from the Project Management Institute, American Society of Quality, and Stanford University School of Professional Development. How were all of these achievements possible at a time when Scott was struggling with the hurdles of brain injury? The answers are in this blog.

2 Responses to “Sudoku Seizure”

  • Howard says:

    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!

    • Scott says:

      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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During the past 13 years, I have been diagnosed with cancer, brain injury, balance issues, stroke, ataxia, visual impairment, and auditory challenges. I have overcome significant adversity! I can explain how to overcome your challenges. I am a very active Toastmaster and a motivational speaker.