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Director, Centre for Gambling Research
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
In this video, Dr Luke Clark talks about the latest in neuroscience studies on gambling addiction and how the role of genes and environment could inform future therapies.
Neuroscience and addiction
Luke Clark, University of British Columbia, Canada
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His research focuses on the psychological and neural mechanisms that support decision-making during gambling, and how these processes are altered in disordered gambling. Using a combination of behavioural testing, psychophysiology and functional MRI, Dr Clark's lab has been studying how various features of gambling games (e.g. near-miss outcomes) influence choice and outcome processing during gambling. They work with the National Problem Gambling Clinic in London to study these effects in problem gamblers. In other convergent research, they also study the effects of brain injury on decision-making, and the effects of various pharmacological agents on these processes.
Dr Clark has published over 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals, and serves on the editorial boards for Addiction, International Gambling Studies, and the Journal of Gambling Studies.