Latest Luke Clark Stories

2014-04-08 09:56:00

New research reveals that brain damage affecting the insula – an area with a key role in emotions – disrupts errors of thinking linked to gambling addiction. The research, led by Dr Luke Clark from the University of Cambridge, was published on April 7 2014 in the journal PNAS. During gambling games, people often misperceive their chances of winning due to a number of errors of thinking called cognitive distortions. For example, ‘near-misses’ seem to encourage further play, even...

2010-05-05 07:55:34

Study finds severe gamblers show greater response in brain regions associated with reward The brains of problem gamblers react more intensely to "near misses" than casual gamblers, possibly spurring them on to play more, according to new research in the May 5 issue of The Journal of Neuroscience. The researchers found the brain region that responds to rewards by delivering a dose of the chemical dopamine was especially active in these individuals. Studies have shown that pathological gambling...

2009-02-16 14:56:19

Ever wonder why people who lose at the poker table don't stop gambling? New research on how the brain works explains why "almost winning" drives someone to gamble even more.  Past studies have shown that near misses, like two cherries on a slot machine or a chance to throw the dice, promote gambling tendencies, but little is known about the brain mechanisms involved. "We devised a series of experiments to elicit near-miss and control phenomena in the laboratory and used functional...

Word of the Day
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.