Marc Lewis talks to George about his journey from boarding school student to hardcore drug addict to neuroscientist. Marc describes the role dopamine plays in the addict's obsession:
He's in the red chair tonight along with Carol Alt, along with a repeat of David Cronenberg and Robert Pattinson's interview and a musical performance from Patrick Watson.
Marc Lewis on dopamine:
There's some very powerful emotional appeal that's driving the manufacture of dopamine - a particular neurochemical -- which goes up to these circuits (in the brain) and says 'ok guys, it's time to get engaged and let's just do this. And after a while, after that cycle is repeated time after time, all the other goals people pursue -- friendship, love, food, sex -- they all sort of become meaningless.
Marc Lewis on his relationship with his first wife:
Yeah, that was not a good night...that was not a good night. That was actually the first night I stole something, I really actually stole something from a dwelling place -- stole to sell? -- no, stole to use.