Gambling has previously been linked to addictive behaviors and financial loss. Now, researchers report high levels of gambling can increase mortality rates by 37%.
People prefer to play virtual slot machines that provide casino-related cues, such as the sound of coins dropping or symbols of dollar signs. Cues associated with money and winning makes virtual slot machines more attractive and bigger wins more memorable.
The popularity of blind bag collectible toys is rapidly growing among children. Researchers report blind bags tap into the same psychological mechanisms that ultimately result in gambling addiction, namely intermittent reinforcement.
Researchers shed light on the neural mechanisms behind risk taking behaviors. The study reveals the decision to 'up the ante', even when faced with long odds, is a result of an internal bias that adds up over time and involves a 'push pull' dynamic between the two hemispheres of the brain.
A new study reports Parkinson's patients who take dopamine agonists are more likely to develop impulse control disorders.
Findings suggest brain networks associated with impulse control could be weakened in people with gambling addiction.