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  • Created on: 02-05-11 10:52


Aim: to investigate the thought processes of Gamblers and non-gamblers. To show that there is no difference in the level of skill of gamblers and non-gamblers. To show that there is a difference in the thought processes of gamblers and non-gamblers.


  • 60 participants
  • Mean age 23
  • Recruited through posters in a University and Snowball sampling
  • 30 Gamblers ( 29 males, 1 female)
  • 30 non- Gamblers ( 15 males, 15 females)


  • quasi experiment,each participant given £3 and had to stay on machine for 60 gambles,
  • random allocation to thinking aloud condition.
  • IV - gambler or non-gambler.
  • DV's - total no. of plays, total minutes of play, total winnings
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  • No difference in objective measures of skill betweem regular and non-regular gamblers
  • Regular gamblers made more irrational verbalisations 14% versus non-regular gamblers 2.5%


  • Regular gamblers believe they are more skillful than they are
  • Regular gamblers use cognitive biases when gambling
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