Online Gambling Psychology: What Drives People to Bet?

While the games have undoubtedly evolved, there is still that immutable question: What drives people to gamble? Especially when the very nature of gambling itself means that you may lose something valuable?

Sep 21

Categories: Addictions, Gambling Addiction

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Does Anticipating Temptation Help You Resist Temptation?

Temptations can capture your motivational system and drive you to do something that is not in your long-term best interests. If you prepare for those temptations, though, you may be better able to resist them.

Sep 19

Categories: Addictions, Control Issues, Drug Addiction, Gambling Addiction, Love ...

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Brain structure could predict risky behavior

Some people avoid risks at all costs, while others will put their wealth, health, and safety at risk without a thought. Researchers at Yale School of Medicine have found that the volume of the parietal cortex in the brain could predict where people ...

Sep 11

Categories: Gambling Addiction

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Understanding the Psychology of Gambling

Gambling is perceived by many individuals as merely a form of entertainment – an outlet for stress and perhaps even a form of "therapy" where person can kick back and have fun. Over the past few years, gambling has grown into a popular global ...

Aug 30

Categories: Gambling Addiction

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People with bipolar disorder are bigger risk-takers

Research led by The University of Manchester has shown that circuits in the brain involved in pursuing and relishing rewarding experiences are more strongly activated in people with bipolar disorder - guiding them towards riskier gambles and away ...

Jul 14

Categories: Bipolar, Gambling Addiction

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Deceptive Psychology and Poker

Detecting when people are being deceptive is a skill that few people excel at, with an average 53% success rate when trying to detect dishonest statements. This apparent inability to make accurate judgements has quite a significant impact when it ...

Jan 4

Categories: Gambling Addiction

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Gambling addicts present brain function abnormalities that affect ...

University of Granada researchers have analysed similarities and differences in psychological profile and brain function when comparing cocaine addicts and gambling addicts. The study reveals that gambling addicts present brain function ...

Nov 12

Categories: Addictions, Gambling Addiction

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Scientists reduce behaviours associated with problem gambling in rats

With the help of a rat casino, University of British Columbia brain researchers have successfully reduced behaviours in rats that are commonly associated with compulsive gambling in humans. The study, which featured the first successful modeling of ...

Oct 31

Categories: Addictions, Gambling Addiction

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Pathological gambling caused by excessive optimism

Compulsive gamblers suffer from an optimism bias that modifies their subjective representation of probability and affects their decisions in situations involving high-risk monetary wagers. This is the conclusion drawn by Jean-Claude Dreher’s ...

Apr 30

Categories: Addictions, Gambling Addiction

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