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NEW PAPER on loot boxes in Computers in Human Behavior

Very excited about our new paper from Gabriel Brooks’ PhD work, the first longitudinal study linking engagement with video game loot boxes to later gambling initiation in young adults. The paper is Open Access thru the publisher, and you can access the preprint thru the CGR publications page Brooks GA & Clark L. The gamblers […]

Luke and Ke representing CGR at Lisbon Addictions 2022

Luke is travelling to Portugal this week to present at the largest of the European addictions meeting, in a programme that features a lot of research on gambling and behavioural addictions. He will be presenting Mario’s PhD data on Wednesday “Characterizing habit formation in modern slot machine gambling” Ke is presenting virtually at the conference […]

Welcome Charlotte Eben!

CGR will be hosting Charlotte Eben, a visiting post-doc from Belgium, in the lab for a roughly 2-week visit. Charlotte is a cognitive psychologist with interests in the illusion of control and changes in response speed after wins vs losses. She also has a lot of first-hand experience with various open science practices. Welcome Charlotte!

JOURNAL CLUB: Aha! Experiences and risk taking

In this week’s lab meeting, Fiza led a discussion looking at a new preprint from Yuhua Yu looking at how insight moments (Aha! experiences) during problem solving affect subsequent risk taking. Yu Y et al “Solving problems with an Aha! increases risk propensity” PsyArXiv 

JOURNAL CLUB: Reward uncertainty and effects on consumption

In this week’s lab meeting, Luke and Lucas led a discussion looking at a new paper from Bangor University in the UK, by Paul Rauwolf and colleagues. This paper uses an interesting ‘dice shaker’ procedure to induce a state of monetary reward uncertainty and anticipation, and examines the effects on consumption and taste intensity of […]

Welcome! Incoming Honours project students Velika Kristianto and Paul Weston

The start of term means we have a number of new trainees joining the lab. This is the first year that we have taken on two Honours students at the same time – Velika is going to join our Twitch team, and Paul is going to take on one of our first projects looking at […]

Eliscia at AGRI

Eliscia Sinclair is representing the Centre at the Alberta Gambling Research Institute annual conference this week, in fabulous Banff. Eliscia is presenting a poster on her project looking at the gender publication gap in the field of gambling research: Sinclair E & Clark L. Examining the Gender Publication Gap in Gambling Research and Addiction Science. […]

Lucas speaking at ICBA

Lucas is presenting this week at the International Conference on Behavioural Addictions (ICBA) in Nottingham, UK, in a symposium on new developments in gambling research. Palmer L & Clark L. The near-miss in online slot machine gambling: a pre-registered conceptual replication.

Congrats to Lucas on his MA defense!

Huge congratulations to Lucas who successfully defended in his MA thesis today, entitled ‘The near-miss effect in online slot machine gambling: a series of conceptual replications’. Big thank you to Profs Beck Todd and Ara Norenzayan for serving on Lucas’s examining committee! The thesis can be accessed here

Ke presenting at Centre for Brain Health retreat

Ke Zhang is speaking at the DM Centre for Brain Health annual retreat, taking place this week at UBCO. Ke’s talk is called ‘Expression of Chasing in the eCasino’