Filmed Mar 2011 • Posted Dec 2011 • TED2011
Clear and concise (20 minutes) description of our current understanding of the brain and of consciousness. Fascinating information which exacerbates our interest in hypnosis and in hypnotherapy as a tool for helping us increase self control over our thoughts, emotions and behaviour. But also as a tool to help us understand the wonder and mystery of the brain.
Antonio Damasio is a leader in understanding the biological origin of consciousness. He also argues that emotions, far from being barriers to it, are a crucial component of decision-making. He is founder and director of the USC Brain and Creativity Institute, which draws on partners across academic disciplines to use the explosion of new neuroscience results to tackle issues from mental health to societal and global change.