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Marc Lewis
Neuroscientist, Radboud University

Marc Lewis is a neuroscientist and recently retired professor of developmental psychology, at the University of Toronto from 1989 to 2010, and at Radboud University in the Netherlands from 2010 to 2016. His latest book is The Biology of Desire: Why Addiction is Not a Disease (2015-16). He lives in the Netherlands.

Written by Marc Lewis

Essay/
Addiction
The addiction habit

Addiction changes the brain but it’s not a disease that can be cured with medicine. In fact, it’s learned – like a habit

Marc Lewis