Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

2018 Edition
| Editors: Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, John DeLuca, Bruce Caplan

Damasio, Antonio R. (1944–)

  • John P. Ryan
  • Tricia Z. KingEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57111-9_612


Antonio Damasio, Ph.D.

Landmark Clinical, Scientific, and Professional Contributions

Antonio Damasio is a prominent neurologist, neuroscientist, and author. His research investigating the relationships between brain damage and functioning has had a major influence on both Psychology and Philosophy, especially in the domains of emotion and decision-making. He has proposed the Somatic Marker Hypothesis that posits emotional states can cause changes in the periphery and these visceral changes can, in turn, influence decision-making.

Education and Training

  • University of Lisbon Medical School, Portugal (M.D.; 1969)

  • Aphasia Research Center (Research fellowship with Norman Geschwind; 1967)

  • University of Lisbon, Portugal (Ph.D.; 1974)

  • University Hospital, Lisbon, Portugal (Residency in Neurology, 1970-1972)

Major Appointments (Institution, Location, Dates)

  • Language Research Laboratory (Center de Estudos Egas Moniz, Lisbon, Portugal, 1971–1975)

  • Chief, Division of Behavioral Neurology &...

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Further Readings

  1. Damasio, A. R. (1995). Toward a neurobiology of emotion and feeling: Operational concepts and hypotheses. The Neuroscientist, 1, 19–25.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Damasio, A. R. (1996). The somatic marker hypothesis and the possible functions of the prefrontal cortex. Transactions of the Royal Society (London), 351, 1413–1420.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. Damasio, A. R. (1998). Investigating the biology of consciousness. Transactions of the Royal Society (London), 353, 1879–1882.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. Damasio, A. R. (1999, 2000). The feeling of what happens: Body and emotion in the making of consciousness. New York: Harcourt.Google Scholar
  5. Damasio, A. R. (1999). How the brain creates the mind. Scientific American, 281, 112–117.PubMedCrossRefPubMedCentralGoogle Scholar
  6. Damasio, A. R. (2003). Looking for Spinoza: Joy, sorrow and the feeling brain. New York: Harcourt.Google Scholar
  7. Damasio, A. R. (2005). Descartes’ error: 10th anniversary edition, with a new author preface. New York: Penguin Books.Google Scholar
  8. Damasio, A. R. (2010). Self comes to mind: Constructing the conscious brain.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of PittsburghPittsburghUSA
  2. 2.Department of Psychology and the Neuroscience InstituteGeorgia State UniversityAtlantaUSA