THE PSYCHOLOGY OF GAMBLING
The human brain is a wonderful thing, which works generating patterns of to move, feel, interact act and react to every single sensation, situation and But what really happens on our brain when we gamble? Why do we love pi how can they be so pleasant for us?
The strongest pleasures are produced by the largest rewards, and these occur in a number of regions of the pleasure circuit and structures interconnected with the pleasure circuit.
when nothing unexpected happens, the dopamine system is quiet, but when needed the dopamine signal is sent to a higher region of the brain, the frontal cortex
Parts of the limbic system deal with functions like emotion, behavior, motivation
Also critical in the reward circuit and W activated with wins and decision ^ where personal control is involved
Damage to this area often show changes in judgment and risk-taking
Near misses and wins this key region
Also part of the limbic system
The primary response to winning, or the prospect of winning, takes place in this part of the brain
The left hemisphere is more active in response to losing
More than 65% of Americans gamble, according to Gallup's annual Lifestyle Poll
The gambler can't exert skills over an outcome that is actually defined
Some studies indicate that gamblers bet more after a loss because they are induced to fix an error
Men under stress may be more likely to take risks, correlating to such real-life behavior as gambling, smoking, unsafe sex and illegal drug use
Motivations to gamble are usually around: excitement and relief from stress & negative mood.