But unlike most addicts, Lewis recovered and became a developmental psychologist and researcher in neuroscience. In Memoirs of an Addicted Brain, he applies his professional expertise to a study of his former self, using the story of his own journey through addiction to tell the universal story of addictions of every kind. He explains the neurological effects of a variety of powerful drugs, and shows how they speak to the brainitself designed to seek rewards and soothe painin its own language. And he illuminates how craving overtakes the nervous system, sculpting a synaptic network dedicated to one goalmoreat the expense of everything else.
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This memoir is as strange, immediate and artfully written as any Oliver Sacks case-study...But, for all its scientific dazzle, it is no more complete a portrait of real life.Read Full Review of Memoirs of an Addicted Brain:... | See more reviews from Guardian
...the book telescopes so sharply at the end—the author's deliverance doesn't appear until seven pages from the end—that the transition from addict to university professor and family man seems to come out of nowhere.Read Full Review of Memoirs of an Addicted Brain:... | See more reviews from WSJ online
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