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Titolo: To play or not to play: A personal dilemma in pathological gambling

Anno di pubblicazione: 2014

Autori: Giorgetta, Cinzia (a); Grecucci, Alessandro (b); Rattin, Andrea (b); Guerreschi, Cesare (c); Sanfey, Alan G. (d) (e); Bonini, Nicola (f)

Affiliazioni autori: Institute of Cognitive Science and Technology, CNR, Trento, Italy (a); Department of Psychology and Cognitive Science, University of Trento, Italy (b); Società Italiana Intervento Patologie Compulsive (SIIPAC), Bolzano, Italy (c); Behavioural Science Institute, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands (d); Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behavior, Radboud University Nijmegen, Nijmegen, The Netherlands (e); Department of Economics and Management, University of Trento, Italy (f)

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Lingua: inglese

Abstract: Research has shown that healthy people would rather avoid losses than gamble for even higher gains. On the other hand, research on pathological gamblers (PGs) demonstrates that PGs are more impaired than non-pathological gamblers in choice under risk and uncertainty. Here, we investigate loss aversion by using a rigorous and well-established paradigm from the field of economics, in conjunction with personality traits, by using self-report measures for PGs under clinical treatment. Twenty pathological gamblers, at the earlier and later stages of clinical treatment, were matched to 20 non-gamblers (NC). They played a "flip coin task" by deciding across 256 trials whether to accept or reject a 50-50 bet with a variable amount of gains and losses. They completed questionnaires aimed at assessing impulsivity. Compared to NG, pathological gamblers, specifically those in the later stages of therapy, were more loss averse and accepted a lower number of gambles with a positive expected value, whereas their impulsivity traits were significantly higher. This study shows for the first time that changes in loss aversion, but not in personality traits, are associated with the time course of pathology. These findings can be usefully employed in the fields of both gambling addiction and decision-making. (C) 2014 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

Lingua abstract: inglese

Pagine da: 562

Pagine a: 569

Pagine totali: 8


Psychiatry research Elsevier/North-Holland
Paese di pubblicazione: Paesi Bassi
Lingua: inglese
ISSN: 0165-1781

Numero volume: 219

Numero fascicolo: 3

DOI: 10.1016/j.psychres.2014.06.042

Referee: Sì: Internazionale

Indicizzato da:

  • ISI Web of Science (WOS) [000341901600024]
  • Scopus [2-s2.0-84907598503]

Parole chiave:

  • Loss aversion
  • Decision-making
  • Impulsivity
  • Course of pathology

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