A Emotion and the Feeling of What Happens: One of the World's Leading Scientists Looks at the Films in our Brain.

Institute History

  • 2001 Sundance Film Festival


Every so often a scientist takes the lab coat off and speaks to us in a language that we can understand. Internationally acclaimed neurologist Dr. Antonio Damasio will do just that in a special talk for anyone interested in understanding who he or she is. The New York Times called his recent book "one of the best brain stories of the decade," while the Journal of the Royal Academy of Science points to him as "the greatest living figure in his field" and "the possessor of the most profound understanding of human cognition."
Damasio will lead a fascinating tour of the brain with key stops planned to examine our emotions, and the way that film influences our perception of ourselves. This talk, his first prepared for a film audience, should not be missed by anyone interested in learning what it is about the nature of film (the close-up, the cut) that encourages a range of powerful emotional responses. Damasio, who was a film critic in college, is a gifted lecturer with the ability to translate complex scientific research into concepts and terms that we can all understand. To borrow from a New York Times Book Review description: Damasio's work is unlike anything else out there; it will change your experience of yourself.


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