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UBC researchers develop new method to study gambling addictions
Date:6/17/2009

duced their ability to play the odds. A drug that reduced dopamine levels associated with pleasure in humans improved their ability to optimize profits. The findings are consistent with recent clinical findings in humans, helping to validate the technique as a model for studying human gambling behaviours.

"We hope this will speed up the development of gambling treatments for humans by giving us a working model to explore drugs and therapies," says Winstanley.

In future studies, Winstanley says she will seek to replicate other aspects of human gambling behaviours, including "loss-chasing" when a gambler follows a loss with a high-risk gamble and the "near-miss effect," when a near-win motivates individuals to continue gambling.


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Contact: Basil Waugh
basil.waugh@ubc.ca
604-822-2048
University of British Columbia
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