Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10899-013-9381-x
Title: Expressing Gambling-Related Cognitive Biases in Motor Behaviour: Rolling Dice to Win Prizes
Authors: MATTHEW LIM SHENG MIAN 
Bowden-Jones, Henrietta
Rogers, Robert David
Keywords: Adult
Female
Gambling
Humans
Impulsive Behavior
Male
Motivation
Play and Playthings
Self Concept
Cognition
Illusions
Internal-External Control
Reward
Issue Date: 1-Jan-2014
Source: MATTHEW LIM SHENG MIAN, Bowden-Jones, Henrietta, Rogers, Robert David (2014-01-01). Expressing Gambling-Related Cognitive Biases in Motor Behaviour: Rolling Dice to Win Prizes. Journal of Gambling Studies 30 (3) : 625-637. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10899-013-9381-x
Abstract: Cognitive perspectives on gambling propose that biased thinking plays a significant role in sustaining gambling participation and, in vulnerable individuals, gambling problems. One prominent set of cognitive biases include illusions of control involving beliefs that it is possible to influence random gaming events. Sociologists have reported that (some) gamblers believe that it is possible to throw dice in different ways to achieve gaming outcomes (e.g., 'dice-setting' in craps). However, experimental demonstrations of these phenomena are lacking. Here, we asked regular gamblers to roll a computer-simulated, but fair, 6 sided die for monetary prizes. Gamblers allowed the die to roll for longer when attempting to win higher value bets, and when attempting to hit high winning numbers. This behaviour was exaggerated in gamblers motivated to keep gambling following the experience of almost-winning in gambling games. These results suggest that gambling cognitive biases find expression in the motor behaviour of rolling dice for monetary prizes, possibly reflecting embodied substrates.
Source Title: Journal of Gambling Studies
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/137325
ISSN: 10505350
DOI: 10.1007/s10899-013-9381-x
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