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
- 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