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Antonio Damasio was born in Lisbon, Portugal and studied medicine at the University of Lisbon Medical School, where he also did his neurological residency and completed his doctorate. Eventually, he moved to the United States as a research fellow at the Aphasia Research Center in Boston. From 1976 show more to 2005, he was M.W. Van Allen Professor and Head of Neurology at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. He is currently the David Dornsife Professor of Neuroscience, Psychology, and Neurology, and director of the Brain and Creativity Institute at the University of Southern California. He has written several books on his research including Descartes' Error: Emotion, Reason, and the Human Brain, which won the Science et Vie prize; The Feeling of What Happens: Body and Emotion in the Making of Consciousness; and Looking for Spinoza: Joy, Sorrow, and the Feeling Brain. He has also received the Prince of Asturias Award in Science and Technology, the Kappers Neuroscience Medal, the Beaumont Medal from the American Medical Association, the Nonino Prize, the Reenpaa Prize in Neuroscience, and the Honda Prize. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Antonio R. Damasio

The Scientific American Book of the Brain (1999) — Author — 78 copies

Associated Works

The Happiness Trip: A Scientific Journey (2005) — Foreword, some editions — 256 copies
Cognitive Neuroscience of Emotion (Series in Affective Science) (2002) — Contributor, some editions — 20 copies


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The writing style was dull and repetitive compared to more recent works on the same topic. Nonfiction has apparently become a lot more readable in the past twenty years.
soulforged | 30 other reviews | Jan 7, 2024 |
El estilo es un poco lento y pesado.
amlobo | 30 other reviews | Jan 1, 2024 |
Clears up some ways to think about Descartes and his simplified, maybe circular ideas. Still, he did start a philosophical revolution. He wrote in French, for one thing, not Latin.
mykl-s | 30 other reviews | Aug 10, 2023 |
An exploration of what consciousness is and how it evolved. More understandable to me than many books like this have been, partly because mostly he really doesn’t get too technical, and also because of the book’s structure, almost 50 tiny, well organized chapters, that gradually build on each other, but with plenty of repeated definitions and repeated explanations so if you didn’t quite catch his meaning at some point you’re not totally lost later on. I’m sure for some this might seem repetitive and simplistic but it was just right for me.… (more)
steve02476 | 4 other reviews | Jan 3, 2023 |



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