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37th Annual Arthur Benton Lecture / "The Biology of Feeling and the Nature of Consciousness" / Antonio Damasio, MD, PhD

  • 28 Feb 2022
  • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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The 37th Annual Arthur L. Benton Lecture

Antonio Damasio, MD, PhD

The Biology of Feeling and the Nature of Consciousness

         1.0  CE* credit (1 hour) available


Abstract: The failure to provide satisfactory answers to the mystery of consciousness has led to the idea that consciousness is impossible to explain.  But the success that science has had in elucidating the physical and biological features of the universe suggests that consciousness will not be an exception.  Our hypothesis is that homeostatic feelings were the inaugural event of consciousness in evolution and that the physiology can be elucidated and the problem resolved.

Antonio Damasio, MD, PhD, is Dornsife Professor of Neuroscience, Psychology and Philosophy, and Director of the Brain and Creativity Institute at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Trained as both neurologist and neuroscientist, Damasio has made seminal contributions to the understanding of brain processes underlying affect and consciousness. His work on the role of emotions and feelings in decision-making has made a major impact in neuroscience, psychology, and philosophy. He is the author of several hundred scientific articles and is considered one of the most eminent psychologists of the modern era (see Damasio, A. Feelings and Decisions. In: R. Sternberg, S. Fiske, D. Foss (Eds.), Scientists Making a Difference: One Hundred Eminent Behavioral and Brain Scientists Talk about Their Most Important Contributions, 2016). He is one of the most cited scientists worldwide. [Google Scholar H Index is 161; with 222,939 citations and Web of Science H Index is 100; with 52,532 citations.]. His  recent work addresses the evolutionary development of mind and the role of life regulation in the generation of cultures. His books on the subject are The Strange Order of Things: Life, Feeling, and the Making of Cultures (2018-2019) and Feeling and Knowing: Making Minds Conscious, recently published in France, Portugal, the US, UK, Spain and Germany (2021).


Learning Objectives- at the end of this lecture the learner will be able to:

  • 1.     Identify how to distinguish feelings from emotions.
  • 2.     Identify the main kinds of feelings.
  • 3.     Describe the central feature of the phenomenon of consciousness.


*Members: Free attendance & Free CE credit *Non-members: $15 attendance & $15 CE credit

*New York Neuropsychology Group is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0107 

*New York Neuropsychology Group is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. NYNG maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 

*Refund Policy: Full refund will be provided if cancellation occurs up to 24 hours prior to the event. Cancellation requests made within 24 hours are non-refundable. 

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