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Release: Feb. 4, 2002

Damasio to discuss neurology of emotion in PBS series

University of Iowa neuroscience expert Antonio R. Damasio, M.D., the Maurice Van Allen Professor of Neurology and department head, will discuss his research in an episode of the PBS series, "The Secret Life of the Brain." This five-part series explores the latest scientific understanding of human brain development and function from infancy to old age.

Damasio will appear in episode four, "The Adult Brain: To Think By Feeling," which airs at 8 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 5. This episode will focus on how the human brain generates rational thought and emotion. These key functions of the adult brain are often perceived to be in opposition. However, the work of neuroscientists, including Damasio, has revealed the intertwined and complex nature of the relationship between intellect and emotion.

Damasio, who is internationally recognized for his research on the neurobiology of cognition, will discuss advances in the neurology of emotion and feelings. Based on new findings from his laboratory, he will examine the questions of how the human brain creates emotions and how humans come to feel.

Damasio's research has led to a greater understanding of how the brain orchestrates higher-level cognitive functions such as language, memory, emotion and the capacity to make decisions. His studies also have explained how damage to particular regions of the brain affects the brain's ability to perform these functions.

In addition to many scientific papers, Damasio also has written two books about his work; "Descartes' Error: Emotion, Reason and the Human Brain" and "The Feeling of What Happens: Body and Emotion in the Making of Consciousness".

For more information about the broadcast, check your local TV listings, or visit http://www.pbs.org/wnet/brain or http://www.iptv.org

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