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Applying for Grad School?

Applying for Grad School?

We are currently looking for graduate applicants with skills in data science (e.g. SQL, Python, machine learning) to join our team looking at behavioural markers of risky play in online gambling. In this research, we are using de-identified data from the BCLC’s PlayNow.com website. Please contact Prof Luke Clark for enquiries (luke.clark[at]psych.ubc.ca) and visit the […]

National Council for Problem Gambling annual conference in Portland

July 2017: the Centre learned a lot and also had a blast at the NCPG meeting in fabulous Portland. Luke gave a breakout session on our latest findings from our online gambling project using data from the BCLC’s PlayNow.com website (watch this space for our forthcoming report on these data!). Mario presented a poster on […]

Graduate fellowship news!

We’re thrilled that 3 of the grad students at the Centre have been successful in the 2017 fellowships competition. Spencer Murch has been awarded a 3 year NSERC fellowship for the PhD program, to continue his work on the psychophysiology of slot machine immersion. Mario Ferrari has been awarded the Dr. William Arthur Paskins Memorial […]

Congratulations Spencer!

Huge congrats to Spencer Murch, who has been awarded the Stanley Coren Prize from the UBC Department of Psychology for the best MA thesis! Spencer’s paper from this project ‘Measuring the slot machine zone with attentional dual tasks and respiratory sinus arrhythmia’ was also published in the May issue of the APA journal Psychology of […]

Luke speaking at UCSF

Luke was speaking at the University of California – San Francisco in the Alcohol and Addiction Research Group seminar series, on ‘Gambling Disorder and the interplay between personal vulnerability and game features’. A massive thank you to Dr Andy Kayser for the invitation, and to Profs Howard Fields, Jennifer Mitchell, Woody Hopf, Josh Berke and […]

Welcome to Michele Carpentieri

We’re very pleased to welcome Michele Carpentieri, a visiting PhD student from the University of Naples in Italy, to the Centre. Michele is interested in the effects of emotion on gambling cognitions in recreational and problem gamblers, and will be working from the Centre until October.

Luke Clark speaking at ICPS in Vienna

Luke will be speaking this week at the International Convention of Psychological Science meeting in Vienna, in a session on Counterfactual Thinking. His talk will focus on ‘The role of counterfactual thinking in the response to gambling near-misses’ describing Yin Wu’s recent data, forthcoming in the Journal of Behavioral Decision Making.

New paper on slot machine immersion

Spencer Murch’s latest data linking a psychological state of immersion in modern slot machines with risk of problem gambling was recently published online in the journal Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, and has received widespread media coverage over the last few weeks including Vancouver Sun and CBC .This is a timely and important paper for the Centre as it […]

The Centre for Gambling Research at UBC discovers new treatments for problem gamblers

After looking at images of slot machines and roulette, problem gamblers experience increased activity in the same part of the brain that lights up when drug addicts have cravings, according to a new study out of the Centre for Gambling Research at UBC. The findings, published today in Translational Psychiatry, suggest that this part of […]