Antonio Damasio is an internationally recognized leader in neuroscience. Since 2005 he is the director of the USC's Brain and Creativity Institute. Prior to that he was M.W. Van Allen Professor and head of neurology at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Damasio's books include Descartes' Error: Emotion, Reason and the Human Brain, The Feeling of What Happens: Body and Emotion in the Making of Consciousness, named one of the ten best books of the year by the New York Times Book Review, and Looking for Spinoza: Joy Sorrow, and the Feeling Brain.