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Creation Date: 1 Dec 2011 | Review Date: 23 Oct 2013

Antonio Damasio: The Quest to Understand Consciousness

Source: TED

Every morning we wake up and regain consciousness, which is a marvelous fact. But exactly what is it that we regain? Neuroscientist Antonio Damasio uses this simple question to give us a glimpse into how our brains create our sense of self.

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About the Author

Researcher Antonio Damasio
Antonio Damasio is a leader in understanding the biological origin of consciousness. He also argues that emotions, far from being barriers to it, are a crucial component of decision-making. He is founder and director of the USC Brain and Creativity Institute, which draws on partners across academic disciplines to use the explosion of new neuroscience results to tackle issues from mental health to societal and global change.
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