PEN Distinguished Lecture Series

The PEN Distinguished Lecture Series in Educational Neuroscience was created in association with the Foundations Proseminar course for graduate students in the Ph.D. in Educational Neuroscience (PEN) program. Since its inception, the series has grown!

The lecture series focuses on the intersection of the Science of Learning (learning across the lifespan) and Educational Neuroscience (learning across early life). Scientists and researchers who are pioneers in the fields of Cognitive-Educational Neuroscience, Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, and Child Development come to Gallaudet University's campus to talk about their research.

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All lectures are open to the public and are video recorded for online distribution.

PEN DLS brochure for 2023-2024

Feelings are the Source of Consciousness

Thursday, 04 April 2024 - 02:00 PM
PEN DLS Series 2023-2024
Dr. Antonio Damasio

Dr. Antonio Damasio

Professor of Neuroscience, Psychology, Philosophy, and Neurology, University of Southern California


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Dr. Damasio is the David Dornsife Professor of Neuroscience, Professor of Psychology, Philosophy, and Neurology, and Director of the Brain and Creativity Institute at the University of Southern California. Trained as a neurologist and a neuroscientist, Damasio has made seminal contributions to understanding brain processes underlying affect and consciousness. His work on the role of emotions and feelings in decision-making has significantly impacted neuroscience, psychology, and philosophy. He is the author of numerous scientific articles and has received continuous Federal funding for over 30 years. He is the recipient of many awards of which most recently the Paul Maclean Award for Outstanding Neuroscience Research in Psychosomatic Medicine, 2019. Dr. Damasio is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a member of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences, and the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. He has been named "Highly Cited Researcher" by the Institute for Scientific Information and also holds Honorary Doctorates from several universities. 


The PEN Distinguished Lecture Series in Educational Neuroscience honors researchers who have changed the landscape of science. We invite them to share their discoveries as we forge new links across research communities within Gallaudet University, Washington D.C., and the world.


To view this year's and all previous presentations, please visit VL2's PEN Distinguished Lectures webpage.