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UBC postdoc’s research shines light into thought process of gambling disorders

People with gambling disorders ignore important information when placing bets, according to a new study led by UBC postdoc Dr. Eve Limbrick-Oldfield and published in the Journal of Behavioural Addictions. The study, conducted by UBC’s Centre for Gambling Research, is the first of its kind to examine how win size and probability information may have an effect on the decision-making processes of individuals with gambling disorders. Dr. Limbrick-Oldfield says the results of this research “may help explain why individuals with gambling disorder continue to gamble in the face of mounting losses, and on games that have a very small chance of winning.”

Read more about the study and Dr. Limbrick-Oldfield’s research at https://news.ubc.ca/2020/12/03/study-finds-gamblers-ignore-important-information-when-placing-bets/.