Antonio R. Damasio

  • David Dornsife Professor of Neuroscience
  • Director, Brain and Creativity Institute
  • USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts & Sciences
Office: (213) 740-3462

Expertise Summary

Expert on cognition and behavior, with special focus on emotion, decision-making and consciousness


  • cognitive science
  • psychology
  • neurology
  • the identification of specific neural sites involved in emotion processing
  • the demonstration that emotion is implicated in decision-making
  • the identification of limbic and brainstem sites of pathology in Alzheimer's disease


  • English
  • Portuguese
  • French
  • Spanish

Additional Information

  • Author, Descartes’ Error: 10th Anniversary Edition (2005), Looking for Spinoza: Joy, Sorrow and the Feeling Brain (2003), The Feeling of What Happens: Body and Emotion in the Making of Consciousness (1999)
  • Recipient, Prince of Asturias Award for Scientific and Technical Research (2005); Presidential Medal of the American Psychoanalytic Association (2006); Honorary Professorship by Southeast University in Nanjing, China (March 2005); Signoret Prize in Cognitive Neuroscience (2004); Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award, International Psychoanalytical Association (2004); Nonino Prize (2003)
  • One of Best Doctors in America (Neurology) (2006, and every year since 1992)