Pragma Synesi – interesting bits

Compendium of interesting bits I come across, with an occasional IMHO

Near wins hook compulsive gamblers

Near wins spur compulsive gamblers on to keep gambling in hopes of winning, but not so much ordinary people.  This has been known for a while from behavioural studies.  Dr. Drymond et al has demonstrated that compulsive gamblers’ brains actually react differently to near wins.  From The Economist, March 15, 2014:

Gambling and the brain: Slotting in an explanation

A neural seat of compulsive gambling may have been found

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April 23, 2014 Posted by | behaviour, brain, neuroscience | , , | Leave a comment