Antonio DamasioUniversity Professor, David Dornsife Chair in Neuroscience and Professor of Psychology and Neurology
Director of the USC College Brain and Creativity Institute
Phone: (213) 740-3462
Office: DNI 265
ANTONIO DAMASIO, M.D., Ph.D. Antonio Damasio is University Professor and David Dornsife Professor of Neuroscience and Director of the Brain and Creativity Institute at the University of Southern California; he is also an adjunct professor at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California. Damasio has made seminal contributions to the understanding of how the brain processes memory, language, emotions, and decisions and has described his discoveries in books (Self Comes to Mind, Descartes’ Error, The Feeling of What Happens, and Looking for Spinoza) translated into over 30 languages and taught in universities worldwide. He is the recipient of numerous awards (including, most recently, the Honda Prize in 2010; Asturias Prize in Science and Technology, 2005; and the Signoret Prize, 2004, which he shared with his wife Hanna Damasio). 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 has been named “Highly Cited Researcher” by the Institute for Scientific Information. His current work is aimed at illuminating the brain basis of social behaviors (ranging from moral judgments and communication to economic decisions), and understanding mechanisms of creativity in art, science, and technology. (For more information go to the Brain and Creativity Institute website: http://www.usc.edu/bci/ )
- MD , University of Lisbon Medical School, 1/1969
- Ph.D. , University of Lisbon, 1/1974
- David Dornsife Professor of Neuroscience, University of Southern California, 04/01/2006-
- Professor of Psychology, Neuroscience and Neurology, University of Southern California, University of Southern California, 07/01/2005-
- Professor, University of Iowa, 01/01/1980-01/01/1985
- Associate Professor, University of Iowa, 01/01/1976-01/01/1977
- Distinguished Adjunct Professor, University of Iowa, 07/01/2005-
- Adjunct Professor, The Salk Institute for Biological Studies, La Jolla, Ca, 01/01/1989-
- Director, Brain and Creativity Institute, University of Southern California, 07/02/2005-
- Chief, Division of Behavioral Neurology & Cognitive Neuroscience, Department of Neurology, University of Iowa, 01/01/1977-07/02/2005
- Van Allen Distinguished Professor, University of Iowa, 01/01/1989-07/01/2005
- Head, Department of Neurology, University of Iowa, 01/01/1986-01/01/2005
- Director, Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, University of Iowa, 01/01/1985-01/01/2005
- Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Iowa, 01/01/1975-01/01/1976
- Professor Auxiliar in Neurology, University of Lisbon Medical School, 01/01/1974-01/01/1975
- Chief, Language Research Laboratory, Center de Estudos Egas Moniz, 01/01/1971-01/01/1974
- Damasio, A. (2010). Self Comes to Mind. New York, New York: Pantheon.
- Damasio, A. (2005). Descartes' Error. 10th Anniversary edition, with a new author preface. New York, New York: Penguin Books.
- Damasio, A. (2003). Looking for Spinoza: Joy, Sorrow and the Feeling Brain. New York, New York: Harcourt.
- Damasio, A. (1999). The Feeling of What Happens: Body and Emotion in the Making of Consciousness. New York, New York: Harcourt.
- Damasio, A. (1994). Descartes' Error. New York, New York: Grosset/Putnam.
- Damasio, A., Anderson, S. W., Tranel, D. (2012). The frontal lobes. Clinica neuropsychology (Vol. Fifth Edition). pp. 417-465. Oxford Universtiy Press.
- Damasio, A. (2011). Pessoa's Case. Pessoa at Gulbenkian, 2012 by Richard Zenith
- Damasio, A. (2011). Thinking About Brain and Consciousness. Characterizing Consciousness: From Cognition to th pp. 47-54. Foundation Ipsen.
- Damasio, A. (2008). Neuroscience and the Emergence of Neuroeconomics, in Neuroeconomics. Academic Press, Elsevier.
- Damasio, A., Meyer, K. (2008). Consciousness: An Overview of the Phenomenon and of its Possible Neural Basis, in "The Neurology of Consciousness". pp. 3-14. Elsevier.
- Damasio, A. (2008). Soul Says, Preface to Sinto Muito by Nuno Lobo Antunes. Verso de Kapa.
- Damasio, A. (2011). Neural basis of emotion. Scholarpedia.
- Damasio, A. (2010). Emotion. McGraw Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology.
- Damasio, A. (2010). Does moral action depend on reasoning? Yes and no. Templeton Foundation, Big Question Series.
- Meyer, K., Kaplan, J., Essex, R., Damasio, H., Damasio, A. (2011). Seeing touch is correlated with content-specific activity in primary sensory cortex. Cerebral Cortex. Vol. 21, pp. 2113--2121. 10.1093/cercor/bhq289
- Feinstein, J., Adolphs, R., Damasio, A., Tranel, D. (2011). The Human Amygdala and the Induction and Experience of Fear. Current Biology. Vol. 21, pp. 1-5.
- Meyer, K., Kaplan, J. T., Essex, R., Webber, C., Damasio, H., Damasio, A. (2010). Predicting Visual Stimuli based on activity in auditory cortices. Nature Neuroscience. Vol. 13 (6), pp. 667-668.
- Young, L., Bechara, A., Tranel, D., Damasio, H., Hauser, M., Damasio, A. (2010). Damage to ventromedial prefrontal cortex impairs judgment of harmful intent. Neuron. Vol. 65, pp. 1-7.
- Meyer, K., Damasio, A. (2009). Convergence and divergence in a neural architecture for recognition and memory. Trends in Neuroscience. Vol. 32 (7), pp. 376-382.
- Immordino-Yang, M. H., McColl, A., Damasio, H., Damasio, A. (2009). Neural correlates of admiration and compassion. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Vol. 106 (19), pp. 8021-8026.
- Rudrauf, D., Lachaux, J., Damasio, A., Baillet, S., Hugueville, L., Martinerie, J., Damasio, H., Renaut, B. (2009). Enter Feelings: somatosensory responses following early stages of visual induction of emotion. International Journal of Psychophysiology. Vol. 72 (1), pp. 13-23.
- Damasio, A., Meyer, K. Behind the looking-glass. Nature Vol. 454. 2008: 167-168
- Rudrauf, D., David, O., Lachaux, J., Kovach, C., Martinerie, J., Renault, B., Damasio, A. Rapid Interactions between the Ventral Visual Stream and Emotion-Related Structures Rely on a Two-Pathway Architecture. Journal of Neuroscience Vol. 28. 11 2008: 2793-2803
- Aziz-Zadeh, L., Damasio, A. Embodied semantics for actions: Findings from functional brain imaging., Journal of Physiology 2008; Vol. 102: 35-39.
- Koenigs, M., Young, L., Adolphs, R., Tranel, D., Hauser, M., Cushman, F., Damasio, A. Damage to the prefrontal cortex increases utilitarian moral judgments., Nature 2007; Vol. 446: 908-911.
- Damasio, A. Neuroscience and ethics: intersections., American Journal of Bioethics 2007; Vol. 7 (1): 3-7.
- Immordino-Yang, M., Damasio, A. We feel, therefore we learn: the relevance of affective and social neuroscience to education., Journal of Mind 2007; Vol. 1 (1): 3-10.
- Preston, S., Bechara, A., Damasio, H., Grabowski, T., Stansfield, B., Mehta, S., Damasio, A. The neural substrates of cognitive empathy., Social Neuroscience 2007; Vol. 2: 3-4.
- Parvizi, J. |. (2006). Neural connections of the posteromedial cortex in the macaque: Implications for the understanding of the neural basis of consciousness. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA. pp. p.vol. 103.
- Bechara, A., Hiroyuki, O. n., Adolphs, R. n., Kawasaki, H. n., Damasio, A., Howard, M. I. (2005). Electrophysiological correlates of reward prediction error recorded in the human prefrontal cortex. National Academy of Science. Vol. 102 (23), pp. p. 8351-8356..
- Bechara, A., Damasio, H. C., Tranel, D., Damasio, A. (2005). The Iowa gambling task (IGT) and the somatic marker hypothesis (SMH): Some questions and answers. Cognitive Sciences. Vol. 9, pp. p. 159-162.
- Self Comes to Mind Musical piece with text and film authored by A. Damasio, H. Damasio, B. Adolphe, performed by Yo-Yo Ma at the American Museum of Natural History, 05/2009
- USC University Professor, University Professor, 2011-
- Appointed, Member, Library of Congress Scholars Council , 2009-
- USC Endowed Chair, David Dornsife Chair in the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, 2/1/2006-
- Corine International Book Prize, Germany, 11/2011
- Doctor Honoris Causa, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne , 10/2011
- Doctor, Honoris Causa, University of Coimbra, 9/2011
- Financial Times selected Self Comes to Mind as one of the best books of the year., Fall 2010
- Doctor Honoris Causa, University of Leiden, 2010
- Doctor Honoris Causa, University of Ramon Llull, 2010
- Honda Prize, Honda Foundation, 11/2010
- Doctor Honoris Causa, Copenhagen Business School, 2009
- Doctor Honoris Causa, Univeristy of Copenhagen, 2009
- Elected Fellow of the Association for Psychological Sciences, 2009
- Richard Wollheim Prize, British Psychoanalytic Council, London, 2009
- Elected to the Academy of Sciences, Lisbon, 2006
- Presidential Medal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 2006
- Best Doctors in America (Neurology), 1992-2006
- Awarded Honorary Professorship by Southeast University, Nanjing, China, 2005
- Prince of Asturias Award for Scientific and Technical Research, 2005
- Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award, International Psychoanalytical Association, 2004
- Signoret Prize in Cognitive Neuroscience, 2004
- Nonino Prize, 2003
- Doctor Honoris Causa (D. Phil. Hc.), University of Aachen, 2002
- Listed in Best Doctors in America under Neurology, 2002
- Medal from the Queen Sofia Center for the Study of Violence, Spain, 2002
- Named a "Highly Cited Researcher" in neuroscience by the Institute for Scientific Information, 2002
- The Arnold Pfeffer Prize, 2002
- Premier Prix du Livre Scientifique 2000, from "Science et Vie", 2000
- The Reenpää Prize, Finland, 2000
- The Ariëns Kappers Medal, from the Netherlands Institute for Brain Research, 1999
- Elected to Association of American Physicians, 1998
- Elected to Permanent Membership, Belgium’s Royal Society of Medicine, 1998
- American Academy of Arts and Sciences Fellow, Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1997
- Elected to Neurosciences Research Program, 1997
- Prix Plasticité Neuronale, Ipsen Foundation, 1997
- Elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, 1995
- Golden Brain Award, 1995
- Order of Santiago da Espada (Grand Oficial), 1995
- Elected to the European Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1993
- Pessoa Prize, 1992
- Elected Correspondent to the Royal Academy of Medicine of Belgium, 1991
- Nelson Urban Research Award from The Mental Health Association of Iowa, 1990
- William Beaumont Prize from the American Medical Association, 1990
- Distinguished Lecturer, University of Southern California, 1985
- First Pfizer Prize to the best research paper in the Clinical Sciences given by the Sociedade de Ciencias Medicas, 1974
- British Council Research and Training Award, 1970
- Boheringer Prize (best student in Medical Pharmacology), 1966
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Antonio Damasio is an internationally recognized leader in neuroscience. His research has helped to elucidate the neural basis for the emotions and has shown that emotions play a central role in social cognition and decision-making. His work has also had a major influence on current understanding of the neural systems, which underlie memory, language and consciousness. Damasio directs the USC Brain and Creativity Institute.
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