Gambling on Smartphones: A study of a potentially addictive behaviour in a naturalistic setting [open access article]

Abstract: Smartphone users engage extensively with their devices, on an intermittent basis for short periods of time. These patterns of behaviour have the potential to make mobile gambling especially perseverative. This paper reports the first empirical study of mobile gambling in which a simulated gambling app was used to measure gambling behaviour in phases of acquisition and extinction. We found that participants showed considerable perseverance in the face of continued losses that were linearly related to their prior engagement with the app. Latencies between gambles were associated with the magnitude of reinforcement; more positive outcomes were associated with longer breaks between play and a greater propensity to end a gambling session. Greater latencies were associated with measurements of problem gambling, and perseverance with gambling-related cognitions and sensation-seeking behaviour. Access full article

Citation: James, R.J.E., O’Malley C., & Tunney R.J. (2019). European Addiction Research, 25, 30–40. DOI: 10.1159/000495663


Components of Impulsivity in Gambling Disorder

Hodgins, D. C., & Holub, A. (2015). Components of Impulsivity in Gambling Disorder. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 1–13.

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This study examined the structure of impulsivity within gambling disorder. A group of 51 men and 53 women with gambling disorder completed self-report and behavioral measures of impulsivity. Principal component analyses found two factors. The first was interpreted as measuring trait impulsivity. This factor correlated with problem gambling severity, presence of comorbid mental health and substance use disorders, history of brain injury, and was higher in Aboriginal participants…

Components of Impulsivity in Gambling Disorder – Springer.