Brain Research To Help Problem Gambling Issues

Published Tuesday, April 08, 2014 -
Brain Research To Help Problem Gambling Issues

The academic and medical researchers are constantly finding insight into the causes of many of the human beings problems. One that has not been left out of the studies is the data collected on the brain and which part is responsible for gambling addiction. It is not a simple subject but researchers are closing in on possible cures and treatments for this issue that plagues a number of punters.

A recently revelation comes from Scientists at the University of Cambridge who have identified the area in the brain responsible for gambling addiction. According to an article in the U.K.’s Daily Mail, Dr Luke Clark from the University of Cambridge, lead for the research, explained that during the gambling activity, people often misperceive their chances of winning due to a number of errors of thinking called cognitive distortions.

The insula is believed to be the part of the brain that the error occurs in when there is little resistance to making another bet.

Scientists think that when this brain area is overactive, realistic reasoning falls by the wayside. The researchers commented that, ‘Future treatments for gambling addiction could seek to reduce this hyperactivity, either by drugs or psychological techniques.’

The researchers came to the conclusion after people with various brain injuries were observed then compared to healthy people playing slots and roulette-style computer games.

A near miss on the slots made the players, except those playing with the damaged insulas, anxious to try their luck over again. All of the players, apart from those with problem insulas, made the same mistake when playing roulette style games.

The phenomenon known as ‘gambler’s fallacy’ was proven to happen as ‘near-misses’  encouraged extended play, even though these losses were not any different from any other loss. Thinking that a run of bad luck must be followed by a run of good luck is another example of the cognitive error observed by the Cambridge team.





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