António Damásio is an internationally recognized neuroscientist and behavioral neurologist, whose work has shown that there is a neural basis for emotions, and that emotions are important for social
cognition and decision-making. His research has improved
our current understanding of the neural systems, which underlie memory,
language and consciousness. Recent work involves the social emotions, decision neuroscience and creativity.
Damásio explains the neurological basis of emotions and feelings, and their importance in
decision-making processes and the emergence of consciousness in three fascinating interdisciplinary books: Descartes' Error: Emotion, Reason, and the Human Brain (1994), The Feeling of What Happens: Body and Emotion in the Making of Consciousness (which won numerous awards, 1999), and Looking for Spinoza: Joy, Sorrow, and the
Feeling Brain (2003). His work has been translated into many languages. Damásio contributed to V2_'s Information Is Alive (2003) with The Memory as Living Archive.
António Damásio is a David Dornsife Professor of Neuroscience, and Director of the Brain
and Creativity Institute at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles; before he was M.W. Van Allen Professor and Head of Neurology at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. As a clinician, he works with disorders of behavior and cognition, as well as movement disorders. Damásio is the recipient of distinguished awards and member of several Academy of Sciences.