Antonio Damasio, chairman of the jury for the annual Berggruen Prize, is University Professor, David Dornsife Professor of Neuroscience and Director of the Brain and Creativity Institute at the University of Southern California. Damasio has made seminal contributions to the understanding of brain processes underlying emotions, feelings, decision-making and consciousness. He is the author of numerous scientific articles and the recipient of many awards (including the Grawemeyer Award, 2014; the Honda Prize, 2010; the Asturias Prize in Science and Technology, 2005). Damasio is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. He has been named “Highly Cited Researcher” by the Institute for Scientific Information and holds Honorary Doctorates from several major Universities.
He has described his discoveries in several books (Descartes’ Error, The Feeling of What Happens, Looking for Spinoza, Self Comes to Mind, The Strange Order of Things and Feeling and Knowing 2021) translated worldwide.