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Individuals are to be blamed for their character flaws, defective emotional modulation, and so on; lack of willpower is supposed to be the primary problem. Damasio, a neurologist, uses the case to explore the relationship between emotions and the neurological structure of the brain.

Damasio does use some unqualified terms, but he does a reasonable job at keeping the very technical discussions brief or relatively well qualified by the context of the case studies. Who would have thought to test whether spinal cord injury patients feel emotions to a lesser Dense psychology terminology, hides a beautiful argument that probably deserves more beautiful prose.

He explains that what we refer to as the mind cannot exist without receiving feedback from the body as he ponders the “brain hooked up to electrodes” question. I really like Damasio’s writing style, though the asides can be a little rough, and feel a bit disjointed.

For all sorts of reasons though, I’ll give this five stars – not least because it’s enjoyable and a highly accessible primer to some of the basic anatomy and hypothesised functions of the brain, and, most importantly, its embodiment: There are a lot of areas that Damasio glosses over, but that is largely because he is attempting to cover a fairly massive scope, in terms of science.

Biological regulation and survival.

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Emotions bring the body into the loop of reason. Lists with This Book. In brief, the endless reactivation of updated images about our identity a combination of memories of the past and of the planned future constitutes a sizable part of the state of self as I understand it. In this wondrously engaging book, Damasio takes the reader on a journey of scientific discovery through a series of case studies, demonstrating what many of us have long suspected: Mind and body are integrally connected, rationality is intertwined with emotion, the neocortex is built upon and draws from, but is not superior to on its own, the subcortical levels of the brain, etc.


Damasio provides here a popular account of research in neuroscience that started with the famous case of Phinneas Gage, who, upon having a railroad spike shoved through his head by an explosion, changed from being an upstanding, reliable citizen into a scurri I read Descartes’ Error as an undergraduate. He was explaining that this is one of the biggest challenges of anthropology.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. This book was published in ’94, but it seems that many more current books are referencing it and now I’m really curious to find out if these ideas have been tested more or what other ideas there are out there.

The body proper is not passive. I thought that viewed from today’s lofty peak that is a joke damasi most valuableor perhaps more accurately, most compellingparts were at the end.

Descartes’ Error: Emotion, Reason and the Human Brain

Dual signals, one from the special sensor eg earanother from the skin near the signal. The fallout from this main thesis is that proper “cool-headed reasoning”, decision making, and logical thought is influenced by emotion, and vice versa.

Through Damasio, Phineas Gage has become a household name in certain households! As I say, Damasio is aware of the dangers but sometimes, apart from inserted disclaimers, his enthusiasm for his subject tends to imply that while he is very good on the brain he has less of a grasp on the psychology, and of the immense conceptual complexities of enculturation.

A monumental anyonio, seminal, still relevant, still invigorating, this is Highly Recommended. I think he’s trying to kill me. I had an unusually ambivalent reaction to this book and alternated between being fascinated and being, well, slightly bored.

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Return to Book Page. I actually don’t really understand this, but you get the jist. I’ve read Damasio’s book, “Self Antknio to Mind” 4 times through now, and I’m very at odds with many of its premises and claims. Aug 05, Laura Grabowski rated it it was amazing Shelves: Damasio descqrtes advantage of some bizarre accidents to discover new things about the brain. I imagine this perspective to be rooted in a relatively stable, endlessly repeated biological state.


Interesting book to read. First, a dispositional representation, then an ‘as if’, now a primordial representation. Damasio does use some unqualified terms, but he does a reasonable job at keeping the very technical discussions brief or relatively well qualified eamasio the context of th Damasio’s book is terrific, and works both as an introduction and a good guide for those studying neuroscience and cognitive science.

This means that every high-level experiment needs to understand ee behavioral results can be not only task-related but also influenced by background emotion, something difficult to measure and control. Refresh and try again. The author uses historical abtonio examples of bizarre cases of brain damage, such as the story of Phineas Gage, a construction foreman from the s who survived a 3-foot metal rod passing through his head, suffering nothing but blindness in his left eye physically but a whole slew of mental and emotional problems due to the precisely localized brain damage.

See all amtonio Kindle reading apps. I teach affective and developmental psychology. Damasio illustrates this Rene Descartes was a 17th French philosopher and scientist, often called the father of modern philosophy. The text really is about the science, and it is only towards the end that Damasio really begins to address the philosophical assessment, at all.

I ordered the book, and now have read it. That being said, I’m coming at this book from a zoologist perspective, not a neurologist perspective, so I haven’t really been keeping up with current ideas in the brain science world.

He’s successfully left me with some new ideas and has made a compelling thesis.