Biology_and_Psychology__Part_1

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Biology and Psychology Evolution, Genetics, and Brain Science
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The Mind and The Brain: The Story of Phineas Gage
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September 13, 1848 Cavendish, Vermont
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The Damage to Gage The tamping iron was 3 feet 7 inches long and weighed 13 1/2 pounds. It was 1 1/4 inches in diameter at one end and tapered over a distance of about 1-foot to a diameter of 1/4 inch at the other. The tamping iron went in point first under his left cheek bone and completely out through the top of his head, landing about 25 to 30 yards behind him.
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Treatment Dr. John Martyn Harlow, the young physician of Cavendish, treated Gage with such success that Gage returned home to Lebanon, New Hampshire 10 weeks later. Months later he returned to work.
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Aftermath: “No Longer Gage” However, Gage’s limbic system was now decoupled from his frontal cortex. This caused profound personality disturbances in Gage. As a consequence, the contractors who had employed him would not give him his place again. Before the accident he had
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This note was uploaded on 04/29/2008 for the course PSYC 120 taught by Professor Beck during the Fall '08 term at Abilene Christian University.

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