Since antiquity, artists and philosophers have sought to explain human nature — how we perceive, interpret, and shape out existence. Fresh insights into the functioning of the human brain at the level of systems, cells and molecules, now provide opportunities for uncovering the neurological basis for a large array of mental functions- from emotion and decision-making to the creativity expressed in the arts, sciences and technology.
The USC Brain and Creativity Institute was established in 2006 with the arrival of Antonio Damasio and Hanna Damasio at USC. Results from the ongoing work at the Institute have applications in the diagnosis and treatment of neurological and psychiatric diseases as well as in education.
The design of the building reflects the mission of the Institute. Side by side with laboratories dedicated to scientific methods of investigating mind and brain, such as magnetic resonance scanning (MR) and electroencephalography (EEG), sits one of the oldest instruments for understanding of the human mind: a classical auditorium. Equipped with state-of-the-art acoustics, the Joyce J. Cammilleri Hall is devoted to music and theater performances, literary readings, and scientific presentations. The hall was designed by renowned acoustic Engineer Yasuhisa Toyota.