What happens to people who lose their emotions? A famous case is that of Phineas Gage, a railroad worker. In 1848, an explosion blew a thin iron rod straight through the front of his head, and landed about over 20 metres behind him. Amazingly, he survived, and was able to talk and even walk immediately afterwards. But he changed overnight, from a responsible, sociable, capable man into an impatient, impulsive, unreliable one who had difficulty making decisions.