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JOURNAL CLUB: chasing behaviour in online horse-race gambling

Ke Zhang is presented a second Journal Club for December, on an interesting data science paper using survival models to look at days between sessions as measure of chasing in Finnish online horse-racing gamblers. On average, winners return 27% faster than losers. Kainulainen, T. Does Losing on a Previous Betting Day Predict How Long it […]

JOURNAL CLUB (December 2020) on cryptocurrency gambling

Gabe Brooks is presenting our CGR journal club this week on a new paper from University of York (UK) on cryptocurrency gambling Scholten, Zendle & Walker (2020) nside the decentralised casino: A longitudinal study of actual cryptocurrency gambling transactions. PLoS ONE 15(10): e0240693. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0240693

NEW PAPER with U Pitt colleagues on behavioural sensitivity to social rank

Congrats to Jade Adalbert, whose Directed Studies project in the lab is part of a joint publication with our colleagues in Pittsburgh Psychiatry, published this week in PlosOne. This paper presents a new behavioural task to assess responses to social defeat and victory in a competitive game that involves a social hierarchy (effectively, a league […]

Spencer is graduating!

Huge congratulations to Spencer Murch, the first CGR grad student to graduate with PhD! We’re a little sad for Spencer that the ceremony this year is being held online but we’re very proud of him reaching this important milestone.

Luke speaking in Psychology Student Association ‘Prof talks’ series

Luke is speaking to the Department of Psychology PSA this evening as part of their Prof Talks series, talking about research opportunities, careers in academic, and studying during the pandemic.

Luke speaking at ISAM / CSAM addictions conference

Luke is speaking in a virtual symposium on behavioural addictions at the joint annual meeting of the International Society for Addiction Medicine (ISAM) and the Canadian Society for Addiction Medicine (CSAM), which was due to be hosted in Victoria BC this week. Title: ‘Interacting effects of personal vulnerabilities and product features in gambling addiction’.

NEW PAPER: using machine learning to predict gambling problems on the BC PlayNow platform

Congratulations to Stephanie Finkenwirth and Kent Macdonald, who have lead this data science project using data from the BCLC’s PlayNow platform. Published in International Gambling Studies, we apply machine learning to 1 year of online gambling transactions from the eCasino (online slot machines and table games) to predict self-exclusion status as a marker of gambling […]

Spencer talking at UK Safer Gambling Forum

Spencer is giving an online talk this week in the UK Safer Gambling Forum eGaming workshop, on “What is Slot Machine Immersion: How does it affect our experiences and behaviours?” https://www.safergamblingforum.com/agenda/session/436150

Luke speaking at Society for Psychophysiology Research conference

Luke is speaking this week at the virtual SPR conference that was due to be hosted in Vancouver. He will be chairing and speaking in the session ‘Risky Business’ on Wed 7 Oct, on ‘How slot machine design features harness brain systems for risk and reward’. Looking forward to the other talks by Ross Otto […]

Luke quoted in The Province: gambling, COVID-19 and calls to the BC gambling helpline

Quotes from Luke Clark in The Province article: the headline is a 20% drop in calls to the BC gambling telephone helpline since the start of the COVID pandemic. Although, as casinos have been fully closed for the duration of this time, and sports betting also substantially affected, an alternative perspective is that the fact […]