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Interactive video lesson plan for: The Man With a Hole in His Brain

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The *mind-blowing* story of Phineas Gage, a man who survived with a hole in his brain – and what we learnt from him.

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Damasio, H., Grabowski, T., Frank, R., Galaburda, A. M., & Damasio, A. R. (1994). The return of Phineas Gage: clues about the brain from the skull of a famous patient. Science, 264(5162), 1102-1105.

Ardila, A. (2008). On the evolutionary origins of executive functions. Brain and cognition, 68(1), 92-99.

Torregrossa, M. M., Quinn, J. J., & Taylor, J. R. (2008). Impulsivity, compulsivity, and habit: the role of orbitofrontal cortex revisited. Biological psychiatry, 63(3), 253-255.

Researchers mapping Gage’s skull:

A great article (I had to cut out for time)
Cato, M. A., Delis, D. C., Abildskov, T. J., & Bigler, E. (2004). Assessing the elusive cognitive deficits associated with ventromedial prefrontal damage: a case of a modern-day Phineas Gage. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 10(03), 453-465.

This Slate article is a good read too:

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