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Arts on Air and Van Mag interviews

You can listen to Luke discussing the new Centre for Gambling Research at UBC with UBC prof Ira Nadel on the Arts on Air CiTR program, originally aired on 3rd December and available online here There is also an interview with Luke discussing the Centre in the current issue of Vancouver Magazine, available here

Gambling in the Movies #3: Rounders

Gambling in the Movies #3: Rounders

In thinking about film choices for this series, we’ve been struck that there are many films set in or around gambling establishments, but many of these films are not really about gambling. The Hangover has been suggested a couple of times –a film that has a few interesting things to say about the psychology of […]

CGR in Victoria: Centre for Addictions Research of BC

Luke will speaking in Victoria next week (Tuesday 16th December) on the Psychology and Neuroscience of Gambling Addiction at the Royal Jubilee Hospital, as part of the CARBC seminar series. http://www.carbc.ca/Portals/0/propertyagent/712/files/477/141216lukeclark.pdf

UK Gambling Addiction Awareness Week

The Centre for Gambling Research at UBC is supporting the UK’s first national gambling awareness week, 1-7th December, organised by rethink gambling www.rethinkgambling.org. Luke Clark is speaking on the neuroscience of gambling addiction in a webinar jam, registration via http://webinarjam.net/webinar/go/13027/b6f5ac0b0f

A new phase for gambling research in British Columbia

A new phase for gambling research in British Columbia

The Centre for Gambling Research at UBC officially opened on November 12, 2014. Luke Clark, the Centre’s director,  in the casino lab. Photo: Martin Dee

The Centre for Gambling Research at UBC officially opens

The Centre for Gambling Research at UBC officially opens

(November 12, 2014) Probing the psychology of gambling, helping problem gamblers and enhancing gaming policy are key goals for the new Centre for Gambling Research at UBC, which opens today. The Centre – one of only a handful of such research hubs globally – is headed by leading gambling psychologist Luke Clark who joined UBC […]

Kung Fu Mahjong

Kung Fu Mahjong

The second movie we watched in the CGR film series was a Cantonese comedy, Kung Fu Mahjong. When I was asked to choose a gambling movie, several Mahjong movies came to my mind, largely due to the influence that the game has in the culture I grew up in. I settled for Kung Fu Mahjong […]

Learn more about our research

Learn more about our research

The scientific study of the psychology and the neuroscience of gambling games and problem gamblers. Photo: Martin Dee

New facial EMG papers

Yin Wu, a final year phd student working with Luke Clark in Cambridge, has had two papers published this month back to back in the journal Psychophysiology. The first study is looking at facial muscle responses to near-misses. The classic gambling near-miss is strictly a ‘near win’, but using a wheel of fortune task, Yin’s […]

Losses Disguised as Wins

The November issue of Addiction includes an important new paper by Mike Dixon and colleagues (U Waterloo) showing for the first time that problem gamblers may be more sensitive to ‘losses disguised as wins’ in multi-line slot machines. These are events where the win does not cover the initial wager, but the machine nevertheless responds […]