The Psychology & Neuroscience of Gambling Addiction – Dr Luke Clark

In this presentation, Dr. Luke Clark, Director of the Centre for Gambling Research at UBC, will consider the modern conceptualisation of pathological gambling (or Gambling Disorder) as a behavioural addiction. After briefly reviewing diagnosis and prevalence, the talk will focus on the distorted styles of thinking that occur during gambling, and their neurobiological basis in terms of brain chemistry and the brain reward system. This lecture took place at Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria, BC, on December 16, 2014, and was presented by the Centre for Addictions Research of BC and Island Health.