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Kristin Buss - Professor of Psychology, Penn State University Park

Book Title: Descartes' Error

Author: Antonio Damasio

Book Description:

Choosing a book for this honor was more difficult than I thought. Should I choose a book that I have contributed to in some way? Should I pick a new book that I would love to see available for students.  Or, should I pick a book that has some sentimental meaning to me as an academic? After much reflection, I chose the latter. 




This book brings back great memories of graduate school and, in particular, the unexpected path of studying neuroscience as part of my developmental psychology studies. I always felt fortunate to be at the University of Wisconsin for graduate work, but it really wasn't until I was training my own graduate students that I truly appreciated the experiences I had. In many ways, this book reminds me of that rich interdisciplinary training that I received and the deep understanding of the science of emotion, the brain and development that it afforded me.




This is also one of the first books I purchased in graduate school (that wasn't required) and one that I still recommend to undergraduate and graduate students alike. I hope that by placing this book on the shelves (either for the first time or in addition to the original copy) students and faculty will be able to enjoy it for a long time to come.

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