Antonio Damasio

University Professor, Professor of Psychology, Philosophy and Neurology, and David Dornsife Chair in Neuroscience
Email Office DNI 265 Office Phone (213) 740-3462



Antonio Damasio is University Professor, David Dornsife Professor of Neuroscience, Professor of Psychology, Philosophy and Neurology and Director of the Brain and Creativity Institute at the University of Southern California.  Trained as both neurologist and neuroscientist, Damasio has made seminal contributions to the understanding of brain processes underlying affect and consciousness. His work on the role of emotions and feelings in decision-making has made a major impact in neuroscience, psychology, and philosophy.  He is the author of numerous scientific articles (his Google Scholar H Index is 161; over 226,940 citations) and his research has received continuous Federal funding for over 30 years.  He is the recipient of many awards (including the Paul MacLean Award for Outstanding Neuroscience Research in Psychosomatic Medicine, 2019; the International Freud Medal, 2017; the Grawemeyer Award, 2014; the Honda Prize, 2010; the Prince of Asturias Prize in Science and Technology, 2005; the Signoret Prize, 2004, which he shared with his wife Hanna Damasio and the Nonino Prize as Master of Our Time, 2003).  Damasio is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a member of 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 and also holds Honorary Doctorates from several universities.

He has described his discoveries in several books (Descartes’ Error, The Feeling of What Happens, Looking for Spinoza, Self Comes to Mind, The Strange Order of Things and recently Feeling & Knowing), which are translated and taught in universities worldwide.

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  • Ph.D. , University of Lisbon, 1/1974
  • MD , University of Lisbon Medical School, 1/1969