Creativity is one of the defining traits of humanity. It manifests itself in the organization of social systems (e.g. moral,
political, and economic), in the arts (from music, painting, and theater to literature and film), and in all manner of
inventions (from scientific explanations and technical instruments to complex engineered systems). How does the brain
work to produce such extraordinary results? Do these varied endeavors share brain strategies and structures? Join two
neuroscientists, a composer (and a piano), a visual artist, and an inventor/scientist/engineer for a discussion on
the neuroscience of creativity.
Organized and chaired by Antonio Damasio. Participants included Bruce Adolphe, Vik Muniz, Danny Hillis
and Kay Jamison.
Scholar, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York; Adjunct Professor Psychology and Public Policy,
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor;and Director of Research, ARTIS Research and Risk Modeling. He is currently
also a Fellow at: Northwestern University, Stanford University, University of Maryland and University of
Oxford (Harris Manchester College).
He received his B.A. and Ph.D. in anthropology from Columbia University (and an M.A. in social relations
from Johns Hopkins). His research interests include the ways scientists and ordinary people categorize and
reason about nature, on the cognitive and evolutionary psychology of religion, and on the limits ofrational
choice in political and cultural conflict.His publications include Cognitive Foundations of Natural History: Towards
an Anthropology of Science (Cambridge Univ. Press), In Gods We Trust: The Evolutionary Landscape of Religion
(Oxford Univ. Press), The Native Mind and the Cultural Construction of Nature (MIT Press), and Talking to the
Enemy: Violent Extremism, Sacred Values, and What It Means to Be Human (Penguin)
July 22,2013 - Performance by the Students of YOLA at HOLA and CONVERSATION About a
Longtudinal Study on the Influence of Music on Brain Development
July 20 and 21, 2013 - Master Classes on Classica Persian Instruments
Setar and Tar with Hossein Alizadeh
July 19, 2013 - An Evening of Persian Music with Hossein Alizadeh
and Pehman Hadadi
June 19, 2013 - Cloud Tectonics by Jose Rivera - A Staged Reading Directed by Jonathan Munoz-Proulx
June 8, 2013 - TV Globo News (Brazil) aired an interview with Antonio Damasio on June 8, 2013, taped during the World Congress on Brain, Behavior and Emotion in São Paulo, Brazil. Antonio and Hanna Damasio gave the inaugural lectures at the Congress. USC’s Antoine Bechara also lectured at the Congress.
April 24, 2013 - A Noon Screening of "The Mayor" by BCI Alum Jared Scheib
April 23, 2013 - A Noon Concert with Pianist Zora Mihailovich
April 19, 2013 - Free Classical Improvisations by the Analogue Ensemble
March 27, 2013 marked two celebrations - the first evening event at the Joyce J. Cammilleri Hall which was also the 30th anniversary of virtuoso violinist Midori’s debut.
February 4, 2013 - Antonio Damasio received a Doctorate Honoris Causa from the University of Leuven, in Belgium, on February 4, 2013.
January 9, 2013 - the ESCOLA SECUNDARIA ANTONIO DAMASIO in Lisbon, Portugal, was dedicated in the presence of Antonio Damasio, the Portuguese Minister of Education and Science(Nuno Crato) , and the Mayor of Lisbon (António Costa). This modern school’s curriculum emphasizes the sciences and the arts. The Damasio School’s Director is António Rodrigo Pinto da Cruz.
November 6, 2012 - New BCI Building opens.
October 9, 2012 - The Los Angeles Philharmonic Association (LA Phil), the Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA) and the Brain and Creativity Institute announced a research collaboration to investigate the emotional, social and cognitive effects of musical training on childhood brain development.
July 29, 2012 - Associate Professor of Psychology at the BCI, John Monterosso, co-authored an opinion piece in the New York Times on Sunday July 29, 2012, entitled: Did Your Brain Make You Do It?
March 8, 2012 - The BCI and USC Visions and Voices presented Do You Dream In Color on Thursday, March 8, 2012 at 7:00 PM the AT&T Center Theatre, 1150 S. Olive Street, Los Angeles.
March 1, 2011 - Antonio Damasio spoke at the TED conference on
January 12, 2011 - Antonio and Hanna Damasio have been appointed USC University Professors
Antonio Damasio's Self Comes to Mind has been selected by the Financial Times as one of the best books of the year - November 27, 2010
Hanna Damasio and Antonio Damasio awarded
Doctor Honoris Causa, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Swiss Institute of Technology), 2011
February 7, 2012 - Los Angeles Review of Books "The Symphony of Self"
Corine International Book Prize (for Self Comes to Mind), Germany, 2011
November 5, 2010 - NPR Airtalk Interview with Antonio Damasio on Self Comes to Mind
November 8, 2010 - Wired.com - Interview with Jonah Lehrer
September 21, 2010 - Antonio Damasio Wins International Honda Prize, Announced
Fall, 2010 - Antonio Damasio's new book, Self Comes to Mind, was published by Pantheon.
The Institute's New Building Has Been Completely Funded - The new building of USC's Brain and Creativity Institute has now been completed.
The lead gift for the building is from Dana and David Dornsife. Other important gifts are from Joyce Cammilleri and Warren Cross.
November 5 & 6, 2012- Pepe Romero Master Class co-sponsored by the USC Thornton School of Music and the Brain and Creativity Institute
September 14, 2010
Brain and Creativity Institute Lab Meeting with Jaron Lanier, author of You Are Not a Gadget
May 30, 2010
REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater) and the Brain and Creativity Institute presented "Myth, Wagner and the Human Brain", a colloquium featuring theater and opera director Peter Sellars, visual artist Bill Viola, and Antonio Damasio as part of the city-wide Ring Festival LA, which involved collaborations with a number of Los Angeles institutions in conjunction with LA Opera's performance of Richard Wagner's four-part Der Ring des Nibelungen.
May 26, 2010
April 25, 2010
BCI Article Receives Prize from the National Academy of Sciences
Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, Andrea McColl, Hanna Damasio, and Antonio Damasio have been been named recipients of the 2009 Cozzarelli Prize, given annually to one paper from each of the six categories published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, for their paper "Neural correlates of admiration and compassion".
The awardees were recognized during the National Academy of Sciences Annual Meeting in National Harbor, Maryland.
March 8, 2010
The Brain and Creativity Insitute presented a lecture by Dr. Jean-Pierre Changeux, entitled "Neuronal Architectures for Conscious Processing and the Global Neuronal Workspace Model".
Antonio Damasio's work (including the collaboration with Yo-Yo Ma and Bruce Adolphe) was featured in the Portuguese magazine Publico.
February 8, 2010
Antonio Damasio received an Honorary Doctorate (honoris causa) from Leiden University, the Netherlands' oldest university (founded in 1575). Also receiving honorary degrees were novelist and essayist Dame Antonia S. Byatt (A.S. Byatt) and astrophysicist Prof. Reinhard Genzel (Max Planck Institute and UC Berkeley). See pictures from the ceremony here.
January 22, 2010
The USC School of Cinematic Arts presented "The Brain and Creativity", a conversation with Dr. Antonio Damasio and
7-time Academy Award-winner (and USC Cinema alumnus) Gary Rydstrom, as part of the 2010 Sloan Science Seminar.
In the January issue of Sciences Humaines, Antonio Damasio's Descartes' Error is named as one of the 20 books published between 1989 and 2009 that have changed our vision of the world.
Antonio Damasio was interviewed by David Brooks at the Aspen Institute's Aspen Ideas Festival.
See the full interview here
Sunday, May 4, 2009
Yo-Yo Ma performs composer Bruce Adolphe's "Self Comes to Mind", a 30-minute work for cello and two percussionists, based on texts by Antonio Damasio. Accompanied by video imagery by Ioana Uricaru and Diego Miralles, based on images from Hannah Damasio, the piece premiered at the American Museum of Natural History.
Friday, March 6, 2009
Of Mind, Medicine, and Music. Visions and Voices event. Antonio Damasio and composer Bruce Adolphe present their neuroscience-inspired musical work Memories of a Possible Future. USC, Health Sciences Campus, Mayer Auditorim.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Challenges in Neuroimaging Workshop, with Dr. Marcus Raichle, Arthur Toga, and Van Wedeen.
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
The Musical Mind
The Tokyo String Quartet and Drs. Antonio and Hanna Damasio discuss the neurological aspects of music making, particularly memory and the unique qualities of a "creative Brain." This event was sponsored by USC's Visions and Voices.
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Professor Olaf Sporns gives a talk entitled "Mapping and Network Analysis of the Human Cerebral Cortex".
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Philosophy Professor Patricia Churchland gives a lecture entitled "How Do Brains Navigate Teir Social/Moral Worlds?"
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Nobel Laureate Eric Kandel gives a talk entitled: "Mechanisms for the Initiation and Persistence of Long Term Memory Storage".
Other BCI Visitors
Renowned Neuroscientist Giacomo Rizzolatti from Parma spoke on "Mirror Neurons"
Acclaimed Pianist Alfred Brendel read his Poetry and engaged in a conversation on creativity with Antonio Damasio.
See article about Brendel Event in the USC Chronicle: "Pianist with a Penchant for Poetry" (March 23, 2007)
Nobel Laureate David Hubel (Enders Professor of Neurobiology, Harvard University) discussed his pioneering work on brain and vision. The title of the lecture was:
"The crystalline organization of the visual cortex
Star pianist Piotr Anderszewski talked with Antonio Damasio about brain and music and played out his ideas at 4:00 PM at Alfred Newman Hall, University Park Campus, USC.
Co-sponsored with the Thornton School of Music
The Brain and Creativity Institute hosted a conversation between John Burnham Schwartz and Antonio Damasio.
Acclaimed novelist John Burnham Schwartz read from his novel "Reservation Road" and discussed his writing of the screenplay with neuroscientist Antonio Damasio.
The Brain and Creativity Institute hosted a screening of "House of Sand", directed by Andrucha Waddington.
De Groene Amsterdammer (January 1, 2012)
Big Think: Consciousness is How We Know We Exist. (September 1, 2010)
National Public Radio:Our Storied Lives: The Quest for 'Something More' (August 31, 2010)
Guardian.co.uk Science Blog: "Can I hear the sound of silence? (2010)
Discover presents The Brain: "Speed Freaks" Dr. Antonio Damasio ( 2009)
The Washington Diplomat: "Arts Smart" Dr. Mary Helen Immordino-Yang is profiled discussing "the Mozart effect".(2008)
The National: "Mirror, mirror in the brain" (2008)
Boston Globe: "The Next Decider" (2008)
International Herald Tribune: "Portugal among world's scientific elite?" (2008)
Wired Science: "What Does it Mean to be Human", World Science Festival (2008)
New York Times: "The Neural Buddhists", Op Ed by David Brooks (2008)
Times Higher Education: "More Than a Feeling" (2008)
Sunday Independent (South Africa): "In Search of Spinoza and Adebayor: Jeremy Gordin recalls a family pilgrimage that rekindled his faith in philosophy, football and the study of Hebrew" (2008)
New York Times: "Counseling Democrats to Go for the Gut" (2007)
Boston Globe: "Hearts and Minds" (April 29, 2007)
USC Chronicle:"Moral Judgment Fails Without Feelings"(2007)
Publico (Portugal): (2007)
New Scientist: "Impaired Emotional Processing Affects Moral Judgement" (2007)
London Telegraph: "Feelings Guide You Round the Moral Maze" (2007)
LA Times: "Empathy is hard-wired into the mind, study finds" (2007)
NY Times: "Brain Injury Said to Affect Moral Choice" (2007)
Reuters: "Brain Damaged People Give Insights into Morality" (2007)
ScienceNow: "How the Heart Can Rule the Head" (2007)
Open Source Interview with Antonio Damasio on Spinoza (2007)
TIME Magazine: (MIND AND BODY SPECIAL ISSUE: 2007)
International Herald Tribune: "Brain injury can break smoking habit, study says" (2007)
NY Times: "In Clue to Addiction, Brain Injury Halts Smoking" (2007)
Goose Bumps: The Science of Fear was at the California Science Center. The work of the Damasio lab was featured prominently in this
popular exhibition which travelled to the Museum of Science, Boston, MA; Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Portland, OR; Science
Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN; COSI, Columbus, OH; Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, fort Worth, TX; and Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, PA.
Movies on the Mind: Psychology and Film Since Sigmund Freud was at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sci
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