Teaching

The Centre for Gambling Research at UBC contributes to UBC teaching in several ways

In Fall term, Dr Clark teaching a 300-level course (Psyc 335) on Gambling and Decision-Making (new 2017 syllabus available here). The course is now fully subscribed for its third year. Students study gambling behaviour as a lens for examining the psychology of decision-making and the brain mechanisms that support risky choice. Two questions dominate the course. First, what does the existence and popularity of gambling tell us about human decision-making? Second, how does gambling become pathological for some people, and how should society respond to these harms? This multi-disciplinary course integrates complementary approaches from cognitive and clinical psychology with relevant work from neuroscience and economics. Assessment includes a Written Assignment describing a research paper on gambling that has been covered in a mainstream news article; the report is to consider both the research itself and the accuracy of the media coverage.

The Centre also trains a number of undergraduates in psychology research skills each year. These research assistants include Honors project students, Directed Studies students, and volunteer students, typically on placements of 1 or 2 terms. We will consider students for these positions in July-August (for Fall term) and November-December (for Winter term). We will also consider students for summer internships (note deadlines for NSERC USRAs and AURA Arts Studentships are in November, and Quinn Research Assistantships in February – details through Psychology department webpage). For further info on RA positions, please email Luke Clark directly, attaching a copy of your CV and describing any past research experience.