Gambling addition is an acutely prevalent problem, but one that for years has gone without a satisfactory explanation. However, a recent test of a number of gambling addicts, utilising craps, may just provide more information on the matter.
Research suggests that there is a significant correlation to high endorphin levels in the brain and the thrilling rush that gamblers feel, every time they get addicted to their hobby at the casino. This biological correlation is the reason why they’re more prone to getting hooked on professional gambling.
Ultimately, the pleasure centres of the brain are activated when wages are put on the line. Indeed, it is not the winning, but the gambling in itself that provides it. A study was conducted in London and Cambridge. They scanned the brains of 30 people, in order to look at how their reward systems respond to stimuli created by gambling. The human body has a natural system in the brain which facilitates pain, reward, and addictive behaviour.
In this study, the brains of 14 people diagnosed with pathological gambling, together with 15 healthy volunteers, were examined. Their respective endorphin levels were measured and stimulated using an amphetamine tablet, and by having the respondents play a handful of craps games. According to Mark Griffiths, the leading professor from Nottingham Trent University, much of the research actually corroborates the vast majority of the other research they’d collected before. Craps, in particular, provides the right balance of odds and play mechanics to provide a useful tool for collecting a satisfactory amount of information.
Furthermore, he stated that there are many behavioural components to gambling addiction, which in turn can be influenced by several other factors, be it mental or physical. There’s much to be celebrated from the results, but more research is required before we’re able to completely understand the mechanics of such addictions.