Antonio Damasio is University Professor, David Dornsife Professor of Neuroscience, and Director of the Brain and Creativity Institute at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Damasio has made seminal contributions to the understanding of brain processes underlying emotions, feelings, decision making, and consciousness. He is the author of numerous scientific articles and the recipient of many awards (including the Grawemeyer Award, 2014; the Honda Prize, 2010; the 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, and also holds honorary doctorates from several universities.
Damasio has also described his discoveries in several books, including Descartes’ Error, The Feeling of What Happens, Looking for Spinoza and Self Comes to Mind, which have been translated and taught in universities worldwide.