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Griffiths wanted to investigate whether
cognitive bias could explain the behaviour
of regular gamblers
By cognitive bias he meant any kind of
faulty thinking that could be used to
explain winning and losing…read more

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The specific types of cognitive bias he looked at were:
Illusion of control: where gamblers believe that
games of chance are in fact based on skill, and that
they have that skill
Flexible attributions: where gamblers see losing as
due to bad luck, but winning due to skill
These cognitive biases become part of a set of thinking
that gamblers use to justify their behaviour. These
are called heuristics.…read more

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To find out whether regular
gamblers think and behaviour
differently to non regular
To investigate cognition and
gambling…read more

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Behavioural Hypothesis:
There are significant difference in behaviours of regular
and non regular gamblers
Cognitive Hypothesis
There are significant differences in the thought
processes of regular and non regular gamblers…read more

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QUASI experiment- The IV was whether
the participants were regular or non regular
gamblers ­ This is a naturally occurring
Field experiment ­ Took place in a realistic
Content analysis of thinking aloud
Semi structured interviews
Independent Measures Design…read more

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