Damasio’s Inside-Out Theory of Self-Development

Daniel M. Ogilvie

in Fantasies of Flight

Published in print January 2004 | ISBN: 9780195157468
Published online April 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199894024 | DOI:
Damasio’s Inside-Out Theory of Self-Development

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This chapter focuses on Antonio Damasio's theory of self and consciousness. Damasio is a researcher and scholar on the topic of the human brain; he is a neurologist at the University of Iowa who maintains an affiliation with the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California. His theory of self and consciousness is built on his own and other neurologists' observations of the behavioral and cognitive effects of damage to specific regions of the brain. Some of these impairments are caused by accidents, others by lesions, tumors, diseases, or birth defects. Following the tradition of compassionate and lucid writing about neurological disorders established by Oliver Sacks, Damasio creates a model of “normal” brain development that is based on studies of individuals whose brains have been compromised by damage.

Keywords: Antonio Damasio; self; consciousness; feeling

Chapter.  5258 words. 

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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