Antonio Damasio

University Professor, David Dornsife Professor of Neuroscience, and Director of the Brain and Creativity Institute
University of Southern California

Antonio Damasio is a neuroscientist and neurologist.  He is University Professor, David Dornsife Professor of Neuroscience, and Director of the Brain and Creativity Institute at the University of Southern California, in Los Angeles.  He is the author of several hundred scientific articles and the recipient of many prestigious awards including the 2010 Honda Prize; the 2005 Prince of Asturias Prize in Science and Technology; and the Pessoa and Signoret Prizes, shared with his wife Hanna Damasio (who is also a neurologist and neuroscientist, and is the Dana Dornsife Professor of Neuroscience and Director of USC’s Dornsife Brain Imaging Center).  Damasio is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Bavarian Academy of Sciences, and the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. He holds Honorary Doctorates from several Universities.

His most recent book is Self Comes to Mind (2010) which has received the Corine International Book Prize. His other books include Descartes’ Error, The Feeling of What Happens, and Looking for Spinoza, which have been translated into over 30 languages and are taught in universities worldwide. 

(For more information go to the Brain and Creativity Institute website at http://www.usc.edu/bci/  and the Dornsife Imaging Center website at http://brainimaging.usc.edu )

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Antonio Damasio, David Dornsife Professor of Neuroscience, University of Southern California delivers keynote entiteld Human Decisions at the INET's Paradigm Lost Conference at the Axica in Berlin April 2012. The human brain relies on three devices for its decisions: emotion controls; addictive learning; and intellectual processing. Understanding the conditions under which the three devices are engaged is essential for conscious decision-making. #inetberlin