Antonio Damasio wins Grawemeyer psychology award

Research on emotions and decision-making is recognized.

Antonio R. DamasioAntonio R. Damasio will receive the 2014 Grawemeyer Award for Psychology. He is being honored for his work in developing the somatic marker hypothesis, which offers a multilevel neural and psychological account of how emotions influence decision-making. This hypothesis has been influential in a variety of fields, including psychology, psychiatry, economics and philosophy.

Damasio has been professor of psychology, neuroscience and neurology at the University of Southern California since 2005. Before that, he was a faculty member at the University of Iowa for thirty years. He received both MD and doctoral degrees from the University of Lisbon. In addition to journal articles, he is the author of such books as "Descartes’ Error: Emotion, Reason, and the Human Brain" (1994, 2005), "Looking for Spinoza: Joy, Sorrow, and the Feeling Brain"(2003) and "Self Comes to Mind: Constructing the Conscious Brain"(2010).

The Grawemeyer Awards were established by H. Charles Grawemeyer at the University of Louisville in 1984. Currently, five awards are given each year, in psychology, education, music composition, religion and ideas for improving world order. Each award includes a $100,000 prize. More information about the awards and winners can be found on the Grawemeyer website.

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