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Antonio Damasio:
The quest to understand consciousness

TED2011 · 18:42 · Filmed Mar 2011
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Antonio Damasio: The quest to understand consciousness
18:42 · Filmed March 2011 at TED2011 · Subtitles available in 30 languages

Every morning we wake up and regain consciousness — that is a marvelous fact — but what exactly 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.

Neuroscientist
Antonio Damasio's research in neuroscience has shown that emotions play a central role in social cognition and decision-making. His work has had a major influence on current understanding of the neural systems, which underlie memory, language, consciousness. Full bio
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