Stories about Phineas Gage consistently reported that after his accident “Gage was no longer Gage.”
However, if you explore this website: https://www.uakron.edu/gage/story.dot especially the sections
“Phineas Gage Story” and “Psychosocial Adaption” you will learn that Gage lived a number of years after
his accident. During this time, he learned new skills and had interesting experiences. Steve Jones from City
of Medicine Academy in Durham, NC suggests that the story of Phineas Gage can be reframed not as a
story of loss – where Gage is a victim of his damaged brain – to a story of reinvention.
After exploring the website,
1. Describe one thing you learned that could support this “reframed” version of Gage’s life story.
2. How can the concept of PLASTICITY be explained using Phineas Gage?