At the heart of the research conducted in this lab is a desire to understand the causes of gambling addiction and means to facilitate responsible gambling. Topics of interest include craving, erroneous cognition/non-rational thought, responsible gambling (e.g., assessment of tools that facilitate limit setting and adherence), stress and coping responses, and barriers to behavioural change. This research takes place in the Carleton University Gambling Laboratory (CUGL), which is complete with slot machines, a black jack table, and a virtual reality casino.
Below, you will find a video my lab helped produce for Ontario Lottery and Gaming. The “Slot Machine: What Every Player Needs to Know” educational video is now a widely used animation that addresses erroneous cognitions relating to sampling with replacement and provides strategies for helping slot players to stay within their monetary limits.
More recently, we have examined factors that hinder as well as facilitate behavioural change (self-help, professional care). Central to this line of research is nostalgic revere for the pre-addicted self. We have found (Kim & Wohl, 2015) that nostalgia (measured or manipulated) heightens readiness to change. We are in the midst of studying why nostalgia motivates change as well as the limits and boundaries of this effect.
For information about knowledge translation and exchange (KTE) activities related to the gambling research produced by CUGL, we invite you to look at the Gambling Research and Training (GREaT) Hub page.
Selected (Recent) Publications
Wohl, M. J. A., Salmon, M., Hollingshead, S. J., & Kim, H. S. (2017). An examination of the relationship between social casino gaming and gambling: The bad, the ugly, and the potentially good. Journal of Gambling Issues, 35, 1-23. doi: 10.4309/jgi.2017.35.4
Wood, R. T. A., Wohl, M. J. A., Tabri, N., & Philander, K. (2017). Measuring responsible gambling amongst consumers: Development of the Positive Play Scale. Frontiers in Psychology, 8, 227. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00227
Tabri, N., Wohl, M. J. A., Eddy, K. T., & Thomas, J. J. (2017). Me, myself, and money: Having a financially focused self-concept and its consequences for disordered gambling. International Gambling Studies, 17, 30-50. doi:10.1080/14459795.2016.1252414
Kim, H. S., & Wohl, M. J. A. (2015). The bright side of self-discontinuity: Feeling disconnected with the past self increases readiness to change addictive behaviors (via Nostalgia). Social Psychology and Personality Psychology Science, 6, 229-237. doi:10.1177/1948550614549482