Phineas Gage Paper

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1 | P a g e Phineas Gage Paper Phineas Gage Paper PSY360 04/1/2011 University of Phoenix
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2 | P a g e Phineas Gage Paper Phineas Gage Paper The brain is a remarkable structure designed to multi-task on a frequent basis. The body regulates many processes along with coordinating the cognitive functions that distinguish humans from other species. Bodily processes, feelings and everyday thought and movement are all corresponding by one or more areas of the cognitive brain. The brain is the center of all aspects of cognitive function. Although much is known about the brain, a full understanding of cognitive functions may never be attained. Phineas Gage was a railroad worker who was severely injured while working on the railroad in Cavendish, Vermont in 1848. Gage was working on the railway when an accident explosion sent a tamping iron careening into his head causing massive damage to the front portion of his skull. The tamping iron that struck Gage's head was 3 feet 7 inches long and weighed 13 1/2 pounds by 1 1/4 inches tapering to 1/4 inch in diameter in diameter. Surprisingly, Gage survived the accident despite having such a large object lodged in his head. In fact, Gage lived for 11 1/2 more years before dying. The impact of this accident and Gage's survival has very little to do with him surviving the accident itself; despite that being quite a medical wonder. Gage's post-accident behavior is what really teaches us about biological psychology. Prior to the accident Gage was a very well-respected foreman on the railway. He is characterized as having desired
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This note was uploaded on 02/26/2012 for the course FIN 102 taught by Professor Franks during the Spring '12 term at University of Phoenix.

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