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Neuroscience in gambling policy and treatment: an interdisciplinary perspective

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posted on 2024-06-05, 10:46 authored by M Yücel, A Carter, AR Allen, B Balleine, L Clark, Nicki DowlingNicki Dowling, SM Gainsbury, AE Goudriaan, J Grant, A Hayes, D Hodgins, R van Holst, R Lattimore, C Livingstone, V Lorenzetti, D Lubman, C Murawski, L Parkes, N Petry, R Room, B Singh, Anna ThomasAnna Thomas, P Townshend, George YoussefGeorge Youssef, W Hall
Neuroscientific explanations of gambling disorder can help people make sense of their experiences and guide the development of psychosocial interventions. However, the societal perceptions and implications of these explanations are not always clear or helpful. Two workshops in 2013 and 2014 brought together multidisciplinary researchers aiming to improve the clinical and policy-related effects of neuroscience research on gambling. The workshops revealed that neuroscience can be used to improve identification of the dangers of products used in gambling. Additionally, there was optimism associated with the diagnostic and prognostic uses of neuroscience in problem gambling and the provision of novel tools (eg, virtual reality) to assess the effectiveness of new policy interventions before their implementation. Other messages from these workshops were that neuroscientific models of decision making could provide a strong rationale for precommitment strategies and that interdisciplinary collaborations are needed to reduce the harms of gambling.

History

Journal

The Lancet Psychiatry

Volume

4

Pagination

501-506

Location

England

ISSN

2215-0366

eISSN

2215-0374

Language

English

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2017, Elsevier

Issue

6

Publisher

ELSEVIER SCI LTD