Mar 06 2012

Aspen Institute: Antonio Damasio, "What Role do Emotions play in Consciousness?"

There is no such thing as a mind without emotion says Dr Antonio Damasio. Damasio is internationally recognized for his role elucidating the neural basis for the emotions. His work has had a major influence on current understanding of the neural systems, which underlie memory, language and consciousness.

We feel first and think next. Moreover, the way that we make decisions is profoundly influenced by emotion. Damasio discusses the vital role of emotion in decision making. Emotions help us develop rapid responses to our environment and guide our thinking in every aspect of life.

Watch chapter 4 as an introduction to Damasio’s larger presentation.

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