Self-reported impulsivity and inhibitory control in problem gamblers

Lorains, Felicity K, Stout, Julie C, Bradshaw, John L, Dowling, Nicki A and Enticott, Peter G 2014, Self-reported impulsivity and inhibitory control in problem gamblers, Journal of clinical and experimental neuropsychology, vol. 36, no. 2, pp. 144-157, doi: 10.1080/13803395.2013.873773.

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Title Self-reported impulsivity and inhibitory control in problem gamblers
Author(s) Lorains, Felicity K
Stout, Julie C
Bradshaw, John L
Dowling, Nicki AORCID iD for Dowling, Nicki A
Enticott, Peter GORCID iD for Enticott, Peter G
Journal name Journal of clinical and experimental neuropsychology
Volume number 36
Issue number 2
Start page 144
End page 157
Total pages 14
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Oxford, Eng.
Publication date 2014
ISSN 1380-3395
Keyword(s) problem gambling
inhibitory control
response inhibition
Summary Impulsivity is considered a core feature of problem gambling, however, self-reported impulsivity and inhibitory control may reflect disparate constructs. We examined self-reported impulsivity and inhibitory control in 39 treatment-seeking problem gamblers and 41 matched controls using a range of self-report questionnaires and laboratory inhibitory control tasks. We also investigated differences between treatment-seeking problem gamblers who prefer strategic (e.g., sports-betting) and non-strategic (e.g., electronic gaming machines) gambling activities. Treatment-seeking problem gamblers demonstrated elevated self-reported impulsivity, more go errors on the Stop Signal Task and a lower gap score on the Random Number Generation task than matched controls. However, overall we did not find strong evidence that treatment-seeking problem gamblers are more impulsive on laboratory inhibitory control measures. Furthermore, strategic and non-strategic problem gamblers did not differ from their respective controls on either self-reported impulsivity questionnaires or laboratory inhibitory control measures. Contrary to expectations, our results suggest that inhibitory dyscontrol may not be a key component for some treatment-seeking problem gamblers.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/13803395.2013.873773
Field of Research 170205 Neurocognitive Patterns and Neural Networks
179999 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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