Localisation of cortical function

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Localisation of cortical function

Localisation - specific areas of the brain have particular psychical and psychological functions

Lateralisation - the dominance of one hemisphere of the brain for particular psychical and psychological functions

Study: Phineas Gage

Aim: to explain the change in his personality

Method: whilst working Phineas Gage was preparing to blast a section of rocks using explosives to create a new railway line. Gage accidentally dropped a tamping iron which caused the explosive to ignite. The explosion hurled a metre length pole through gages head

Results: Gage survived - his personality had changed and he was now grumpy and rude

Conclusion: it taught us a great deal about the complexity


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