Antonio Damasio

Founder and Director of the USC Brain and Creativity Institute

International Authority on neurology

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Antonio Paraiso is knowledgeable in the fields of luxury, marketing, innovation, and international business. Antonio worked more than 19 years as International Sales Director and travelled around the world, developing extensive sales and negotiation experience in Europe, Japan, Middle East, Russia, Latin America, Australia and United States.

Antonio holds a degree in Business Management by the University of Porto and Executive MBA by the Porto Business School. Nowadays he works as marketing consultant and conference speaker, delivering specialized consulting and executive training service in the fields of strategic marketing, luxury and premium positioning, as well as innovation development.

Antonio lived and studied in London and Madrid, where he obtained the Diploma in International Trade and Distribution at the London School of Foreign Trade as well as the Luxury Strategic Management Advanced Programme at the IE Business School in Madrid, a top 10 Business School in the Financial Times ranking.

His articles are regularly published in magazines and blogs in Portugal, Brazil and Peru.

Antonio is also a visiting teacher in a few business schools. He has trained the teams and spoken in events for Lexus, Oracle, Grohe, Leica, Gant, Toyota and Pine Cliffs Luxury Resort, one of the best resorts in Europe and a member of the exclusive “The Luxury Collection” group.

Antonio attends international conferences every year such as the Marketing & Sales World Forum, ExpoManagement, World Innovation Forum and World Business Forum.

He is an enthusiastic communicator and regularly requested as a speaker in congresses and business events. He has spoken in conferences for Deloitte, LOEWE, Armani, L’Oreal, BNP Paribas, Personal Branding Congress, Sheraton, TEDx, Porsche, the Jewelry Fair, Procter & Gamble, the Marketing Congress, Alcon, Carnival of Luxury – The Luxury Fair, among others.

Descartes' Error: Emotion, Reason, and the Human Brain

Since Descartes famously proclaimed, "I think, therefore I am," science has often overlooked emotions as the source of a person’s true being. Even modern neuroscience has tended, until recently, to concentrate on the cognitive aspects of brain function, disregarding emotions. This attitude began to change with the publication of Descartes’ Error in 1995. Antonio Damasio—"one of the world’s leading neurologists" (The New York Times)—challenged traditional ideas about the connection between emotions and rationality. 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: emotions are not a luxury, they are essential to rational thinking and to normal social behavior.

Descartes' Error: Emotion, Reason, and the Human Brain

Self Comes to Mind: Constructing the Conscious Brain

A leading neuroscientist explores with authority, with imagination, and with unparalleled mastery how the brain constructs the mind and how the brain makes that mind conscious.

Antonio Damasio has spent the past thirty years researching and and revealing how the brain works. Here, in his most ambitious and stunning work yet, he rejects the long-standing idea that consciousness is somehow separate from the body, and presents compelling new scientific evidence that posits an evolutionary perspective. His view entails a radical change in the way the history of the conscious mind is viewed and told, suggesting that the brain’s development of a human self is a challenge to nature’s indifference. This development helps to open the way for the appearance of culture, perhaps one of our most defining characteristics as thinking and self-aware beings.

Self Comes to Mind: Constructing the Conscious Brain

Looking for Spinoza: Joy, Sorrow, and the Feeling Brain

Joy, sorrow, jealousy, and awe—these and other feelings are the stuff of our daily lives. In the seventeenth century, the philosopher Spinoza devoted much of his life's work examining how these emotions supported human survival, yet hundreds of years later the biological roots of what we feel remain a mystery. Leading neuroscientist Antonio Damasio—whose earlier books explore rational behavior and the notion of the self—rediscovers a man whose work ran counter to all the thinking of his day, pairing Spinoza's insights with his own innovative scientific research to help us understand what we're made of, and what we're here for.

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