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Release: Feb. 4, 2002
Damasio to discuss neurology of emotion in PBS series
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
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
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