164 years later, researchers map Phineas Gage's pierced brain

In 1845, an iron rod pierced railroad construction foreman Phineas Gage's brain, changing neuroscience forever. Now, more than 150 years later, neuroscientists have created a diagram of Gage's brain, figuring out just which connections were changed by his accident. » 5/20/12 10:00am 5/20/12 10:00am

How an iron rod to the skull changed neuroscience forever

On September 13, 1848, an accidental explosion drove a meter-long iron rod through the skull of Vermont railway worker Phineas Gage. Incredibly, Gage survived, but the lingering side-effects provided science its first clues about how the brain affects our personality. » 3/07/11 5:00pm 3/07/11 5:00pm