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Emotional Intelligence for IT Professionals by Emília M. Ludovino

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Neuroscience behind decision making

The world famous neuroscientist, Antonio Damasio, was the first scientist to state that without emotions there is no good decision making. Damasio came to this conclusion after a thorough study of his patient, Elliot. Elliot is one of the most well-known cases of Damasio and he was profiled by him in his book, Descartes' Error: Emotion, Reason and the Human Brain, first published in 1994. Elliot was a successful businessman, in the 97th percentile for IQ, a caring and lovely father and husband that suffered from a brain tumor, located in the frontal lobe. Elliot was submitted to a brain surgery to remove the tumor. After the surgery Elliot's life started to fall apart--his marriage and new business collapsed. ...

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