Damasio, Antonio
 
 
(b. Portugal. Ph.D.). In his research on practical decision making, Damasio draws an intimate connection between emotion and cognition. He presents a "somatic marker" hypothesis which explains how emotions are biologically indispensable to decisions.
 

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Currently, Damasio is a neuroscientist in the College of Medicine at the University of Iowa. In his research on practical decision making, Damasio draws an intimate connection between emotion and cognition. He presents a "somatic marker" hypothesis which explains how emotions are biologically indispensable to decisions. His research on patients with frontal lobe damage indicates that feelings normally accompany response options and operate as a biasing device to dictate choice. Damasio presents an accessible overview of his work in his book, Descartes’ Error (1994).
 
 
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