Coverage of the Phineas Gage Story in Introductory Psychology Textbooks

  title={Coverage of the Phineas Gage Story in Introductory Psychology Textbooks},
  author={Richard A. Griggs},
  journal={Teaching of Psychology},
  pages={195 - 202}
  • R. Griggs
  • Published 31 May 2015
  • Psychology
  • Teaching of Psychology
Most introductory textbooks discuss the story of Phineas Gage and his terrible accident in which he survived a three-and-a-half-foot-long tamping iron that weighed 13¼ pounds exploding through his head. Twenty-three current introductory textbooks were analyzed for the accuracy of their coverage of Gage’s subsequent (post-accident) history and psychosocial recovery and for inclusion of recently discovered photos of Gage and the most recent digital reconstruction of the path of the tamping iron… 
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