Professor Marc Lewis

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Professor Marc Lewis

Marc Lewis is a cognitive neuroscientist and professor of developmental psychology, previously at the University of Toronto, where he taught and conducted research from 1989 to 2010, and presently at Radboud University in the Netherlands. He is the author or co-author of over 50 journal publications in developmental psychology and neuroscience, specializing in emotion regulation and its impact on individual differences in personality development.

Presently, he works as a science writer, focusing on addiction -- what it's like to be an addict and what's going on in the addicted brain. His 2012 book, Memoirs of an Addicted Brain, blends the telling of his own years of drug addiction with an accessible account of how drugs affect the brain and how changes in brain function help explain addiction. His latest book is The Biology of Desire: Why Addiction is Not a Disease (2015). It combines scientific findings with intimate biographies of recovered addicts, to make the case that addiction develops through accelerated learning and it can be overcome through self-directed change.