How lights and sounds encourage risky behavior

A recent study provides fresh insight into gambling addiction. According to the findings, the sounds and lights that accompany a win on slot machines increase the likelihood of making risky decisions.

An addiction to gambling affects a significant proportion of adults in the United States.

The North American Foundation for Gambling Addiction Help estimate that 2.6 percent of U.S. adults are addicted to gambling, which equates to around 10 million people.

The cost to the economy is equally shocking, with experts estimating it to be close to $6 billion per year.

Full story at Medical News Today

Gambling addiction triggers the same brain areas as drug and alcohol cravings

Gambling addiction activates the same brain pathways as drug and alcohol cravings, suggests new research.

The study, by international scientists including researchers from Imperial College London, suggests targeting these brain pathways may lead to future treatments for the condition.

The findings, published in the journal Translational Psychiatry, also suggest connections between the parts of the brain that control our impulses may be weakened in people with gambling addiction.

Full story of gambling addiction similar in brain to drugs at Science Daily