Honoris Causa Degrees (selected)

Doctor Honoris Causa, Université Paris Descartes (Sorbonne), 2015.

Doctor Honoris Causa, University of Leuven, 2013.

Doctor Honoris Causa, Pontifica Universidade Catolica Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, 2013.

Doctor Honoris Causa, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Swiss Institute of Technology), 2011.

Doctor Honoris Causa, University of Coimbra, 2011.

Doctor Honoris Causa, University of Leiden, 2010.

Doctor Honoris Causa, University Ramon Llull, Barcelona, 2010.

Doctor Honoris Causa, University of Copenhagen, 2009.

Doctor Honoris Causa, University of Aveiro, 2003.

Doctor Honoris Causa, University of Aachen, 2002.



First International Freud Medal, Royal Society of Arts and Sciences, Netherlands, 2017.

Grawemeyer Award in Psychology, 2014.

USC Associates Award for Creativity in Research and Scholarship, 2012.

Ca’Foscari-Bauer Prize, University Ca’ Foscari, Venice, 2012.

Jimenez Prize, 2012.

Corine International Book Prize (for Self Comes to Mind), Germany, 2011.

Honda Prize, Honda Foundation, 2010.

Cozzarelli Prize, Exceptional Paper of 2009 for “Neural correlates of admiration and compassion”, in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Richard Wollheim Prize, London, 2009.

Presidential Medal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 2006.

Best Doctors in America (Neurology) every year from 1992 to 2006.

Prince of Asturias Award for Scientific and Technical Research, 2005.

Signoret Prize in Cognitive Neuroscience, 2004.

Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award, International Psychoanalytical Association, 2004.

Nonino Prize, 2003.

Named “Highly Cited Researcher” in Neuroscience by the Institute for Scientific Information, 2002.

The Arnold Pfeffer Prize, 2002.

The Reenpää Prize, Finland, 2000.

Premier Prix du Livre Scientifique, from “Science et Vie”, 2000.

The Ariëns Kappers Medal, from the Netherlands Institute for Brain Research, 1999.

Prix Plasticité Neuronale, Ipsen Foundation, 1997.

Golden Brain Award (Berkeley), 1995.

Pessoa Prize, 1992.

William Beaumont Prize from the American Medical Association, 1990.

Nelson Urban Research Award from The Mental Health Association of

Iowa, 1990.

First Pfizer Prize to the best research paper in the Clinical Sciences

given by the Sociedade de Ciencias Medicas, 1974, (Portugal).

Sandoz Prize in Neurology, from the Portuguese Society of Neurology,

1971, 1973, 1974.

British Council Research and Training Award, 1970.

Boheringer Prize (best student in Medical Pharmacology), Portugal, 1966.


Academies and Other Honors

Appointed to the Council of State, Portugal, 2016.

Elected to the National Academy of Medicine (then the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences), 1995.

Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1997.

Elected to the European Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1993.

Elected to the Royal Society of Medicine, Belgium, 1998.

Elected to the Association of American Physicians, 1998.

Elected to the Academy of Sciences, Lisbon, 2006.

Elected to the Bavarian Academy of Sciences, Munich, 2002.

Named “Highly Cited Researcher” in Neuroscience by the Institute for Scientific Information, 2002.

Elected to the Neurosciences Research Program, 1997.

Elected Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, 2009.

Order of Santiago da Espada (Grand Official), 1995.

Medal from the Queen Sofia Center for the Study of Violence, Spain, 2002.

Honorary Professorship from Southeast University, Nanjing, China, March 2005.

Escola Secundaria Antonio Damasio, dedicated in Lisbon, Portugal, 2013.



Included in “An Incomplete List of Eminent Psychologists of the Modern Era”(top 100), Diener, E., Oishi, S., & Park, J. (2014). American Psychological Association, Archives of Scientific Psychology, 2(1), 20.

Included in the 2015 Global Thought Leaders Index. “The World’s Most Influential Voices of 2015”, The World Post, 2015.

Included in the 2016 Global Thought Leaders Index. “People and Platforms Most Influential Online in 2016”, The World Post, 2016.

Listed as one of the 50 key thinkers in the human sciences of the past two centuries. “Les grands penseurs des sciences humaines: 50 auteurs clés. Sciences Humaines, Juin-Juillet 2015.