The brains of problem gamblers react more intensely to near misses than casual gamblers, new research from the University of Cambridge has found. The results could help explain what keeps problem gamblers betting even though they keep losing.
Professor Paul Fletcher believes that exploring how the brain makes predictions about the world will help us to understand mental illness.
Why do people gamble if they know that the house always wins? Researchers at the University of Cambridge argue that near-misses, where the gambler narrowly misses out on the jackpot, may provide part of the answer.
GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has signed its first agreement with the University to optimise the early clinical development of new GSK medicines for obesity and addictive disorders.
"Erasing" drug-associated memories may prevent recovering drug abusers from relapsing, researchers at the University of Cambridge have discovered.
Scientists at the University of Cambridge have found impulsivity, a trait often associated with addicts’ behaviour, predicts whether casual drug use will lead to compulsive drug use. Their findings are reported in this week’s edition of Science.
Gambling is a thriving form of entertainment in the UK, but may also become a form of addiction for some individuals. Just why do people gamble when &lsquo;the house always wins&rsquo;? Advances in brain imaging techniques are helping Cambridge scientists find out.