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NEW PAPER: Commentary on Waterloo LDW paper

Spencer Murch and Luke Clark have a commentary piece on the excellent new paper in Addiction by Candice Graydon, Mike Dixon and colleagues at the University of Waterloo. Congrats and kudos to Graydon et al for designing an ultra-realistic ‘simulated’ slot machine to manipulate the rates of Losses Disguised as Wins in the lab. For […]

TALK at McMaster Grand Rounds

Luke is speaking at the St Joseph’s Hospital & McMaster University Mental Health and Addictions Program (MHAP) Grand Rounds, on ‘Deconstructing the modern slot machine: game features and gambling addiction’, and looking forward to talking research with James Mackillop, Michael Amlung and Iris Balodis at the Peter Boris Centre for Addictions Research.

GREO Research Snapshot on multi-line games & immersion

GREO have covered Spencer’s recent paper in Addictive Behaviors, looking at immersion and heart rate variability while playing a slot machine under different strategies of bet size and multi-line play. These knowledge translation synopses are written to update policy makers on recent research. Big thanks to David Baxter et al at GREO for their continued […]

NEW PAPER social decision-making in suicidal behaviour

It’s not quite about gambling…  but congratulations to CGR grad student Ke Zhang for her first paper, a collaboration with our colleagues Dr Kati Szanto and Dr Alex Dombrovski at University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre, looking at social decision making in older adults with suicidal behaviour, just out in Behavior Research & Therapy. We use […]

Interview: on BBC Radio5live Stephen Nolan show

Stephen Nolan interviewed Luke in a detailed look at modern gambling machine design and personal risk factors for problem gambling. The BBC clip (Luke is on for about 25 mins from 1:05 to 1:30) will be available until 19 December.  

NEW PAPER: Mariya Cherkasova, Sensory Feedback on Gambling Games

Congratulations to Mariya for publishing her new research on the effects of audiovisual feedback in gambling games, in Journal of Neuroscience: Cherkasova M, Clark L, Barton J, Schulzer M, Shafiee N, Kingstone A, Stoessl AJ, Winstanley CA. Win-concurrent sensory cues can promote riskier choice. Journal of Neuroscience. We have a video explainer for the press […]

NEW PAPER CMHA BC ‘Visions’ special issue on gambling

Luke has a paper in the new issue of Visions, the Journal of the BC Division of the Canadian Mental Health Association, in an important and well-timed Special Issue on ‘Problem Gambling and Video Gaming’ which also features articles from Andre Serzisko, Cam Adair and Angela Voght. Clark L. Betting on the Brain: Slot machines, […]

BIG Difference BC

Luke and Eve were attendees at the BIG Difference BC conference in Victoria on behavioural insights, ‘nudging’, and public policy on 21 September. a BIG thanks to Kirstin Appelt, Dave Hardisty and Dale Griffin at the UBC Sauder School for organizing such a timely and important event.

NEW PAPER: Spencer Murch, Slot machine immersion and multi-line play

Spencer Murch has a new paper out in the journal Addictive Behaviors, using the slot machines in the CGR Casino Lab, looking at how immersion ratings and heart rate variability vary when we manipulate two game strategies: multi-line vs single-line play and varying the bet size. Murch WS, Clark L. Effects of bet size and […]

GREO Research Snapshot on our Stoppers study

Steph Chu’s recent paper in IGS was covered in a GREO Research Snapshot, which are synopses of recent articles intended for gambling policy makers