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    DescriptionMarc Lewis's relationship with drugs began in a New England boarding school where, as a bullied and homesick fifteen-year-old, he made brief escapes from reality by way of cough medicine, alcohol, and marijuana. In Berkeley, California, in its hippie heyday, he found methamphetamine and LSD and heroin; he sniffed nitrous oxide in Malaysia; and frequented Calcutta's opium dens. Ultimately, though, his journey took him where it takes most addicts: into a life of desperation, deception, and crime. But unlike most addicts, Lewis recovered to become 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.


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    Title
    Memoirs of an Addicted Brain
    Subtitle
    A Neuroscientist Examines His Former Life on Drugs
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Marc Lewis
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 336
    Width: 156 mm
    Height: 235 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 399 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781610392334
    ISBN 10: 1610392337
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25580
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.0A
    BIC subject category V2: BM
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T General Subject: 170
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    Libri: I-BA
    DC22: B
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 02
    BIC subject category V2: VFJK
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Merchandise Category: SCI
    B&T Approval Code: A60750000
    BISAC V2.8: SEL013000, PSY038000
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: A67153000
    BISAC V2.8: BIO015000, MED056000
    DC22: 362.29
    BISAC V2.8: BIO026000, SCI089000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: SCI013090
    LC subject heading:
    DC23: 362.29092
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    LC classification: HV5805.L48 A3 2011
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    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Illustrations note
    charts and graphs
    Publisher
    The Perseus Books Group
    Imprint name
    PublicAffairs,U.S.
    Publication date
    21 March 2013
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Dr. Marc Lewis is a developmental neuroscientist and professor of human development and applied psychology at Radboud University in the Netherlands, and professor emeritus at the University of Toronto. He is the author of over fifty journal publications in neuroscience and developmental psychology and coeditor of Emotion, Development, and Self-Organization: Dynamic Systems Approaches to Emotional Development.
    Review quote
    Kirkus "Developmental neuroscientist Lewis examines his odyssey from minor stoner to helpless, full-blown addict...as [he] unspools one pungent drug episode after another, he capably knits into the narrative an accessible explanation of the neural activity that guided his behavior. From opium pipe to orbitofrontal cortex, a smoothly entertaining interplay between lived experience and the particulars of brain activity." Publishers Weekly "Meticulous, evocative... Lewis's unusual blend of scientific expertise, street cred, vivid subjectivity and searching introspection yields a compelling perspective on the perils and allure of addiction." Wall Street Journal "Compelling...for readers grappling with addiction, Mr. Lewis's...approach might well be novel enough to inspire them to seek the happiness he now enjoys." Chronicle of Higher Education "He proceeds deftly from episodes of his drug years to neuroscientific explanations of his brain's response to drugs." Boston Globe "A surprising and charming addition to this crowded genre. Yes, it embraces the classic redemption narrative - teenage experimentation, late-'60s Berkeley, exotic forays into Malaysia and Calcutta, the inevitable slide into deception, crime, and desperation. But he ends up a professional neuropsychologist, able to enliven the tired streams of addled consciousness with metrical rapids of semi-hard science." Guardian "Marc Lewis's brilliant - if not wholly sympathetic - account of his many mind-bludgeoning drug experiences wears its biological determinism on its sleeve ... Lewis has certainly woven his experiences into an unusual and exciting book... (Memoirs of an Addicted Brain) is as strange, immediate and artfully written as any Oliver Sacks case-study, with the added scintillation of having been composed by its subject." The Fix "The most original and illuminating addiction memoir since Thomas De Quincey's seminal Confessions of an Opium Eater...[an] electrifying debut." Midwest Book Review "A powerful survey recounting the author's powerful addiction and how he broke an intense hold on drugs... This will appeal to a range of collections, from those strong in autobiographies to science and health holdings alike." BBC Focus Magazine "(W)hile the narrative of Marc's life is a real-page turner, what makes this such an interesting and unusual book is that it also contains detailed descriptions of the neuro-chemical changes that are going on inside Marc's brain as he takes the different drugs, and later as he wrestles to come off them. After reading the book, I felt that I understood for the first time what addiction is like at both the personal and the chemical level." The Independent (UK)"Fascinating"