The Science of Addiction: How new discoveries about the brain can help us kick the habit. ︎
Close-up of the cover illustration. ︎Link to the article
︎ Behind the cover: In this video you'll see many rough sketches submitted for this cover, including a few with glitches, fragmented faces, head shells and variations of brains and lighting effects. Addiction as a subject has very negative connotations but NatGeo covers are generally positive. It was important for this to have a balance and remove negative energy or emotion. Only the lit up neurons have a hint of menace.
Inside spread infographic exploring dopamine, neuron activity and the reward system in our brains. ︎