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February 2012

Looking at Gambling Urges with Brain Imaging

by: NCRG Staff | Feb 22, 2012

The urge to gamble can be a powerful force among individuals with a gambling disorder and often precipitates relapse among those who are trying to reduce or quit gambling. Researchers are aware of these urges due to studies using self-reported data, but the field of research needs to have more objective data regarding the biological factors at play. There is now evidence of the neurobiological underpinnings of urges thanks to an innovative brain imaging study from the NCRG Center for Excellence in Gambling Research at Yale University. The study used functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) to examine the responses to sad, happy and gambling scenarios among 10 men with pathological gambling (PG) and a control group of 11 men without gambling problems (Balodis, I.M., Lacadie, C.M., & Potenza, M.N., 2011).

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The 2012 NCRG Webinar Series Begins with a Look at Online Gambling

by: NCRG Staff | Feb 22, 2012

Registration is open for the first session of the 2012 NCRG Webinar Series, the NCRG’s free year-round educational program designed to help individuals better understand and address critical issues related to gambling disorders and responsible gaming – without having to leave their own home or office. The session, titled “Science vs. Myth: Research on Internet Gambling,” will be held on March 6 from 2 – 3 p.m. EST. Dr. Sarah E. Nelson, assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, will lead this in-depth look at her latest research on gambling disorders and online gambling using analysis of actual betting transactions from Internet gamblers.

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NCRG-funding Application Deadline: Letters of Intent for Large Grants and NCRG Centers of Excellence are Due March 1

by: NCRG Staff | Feb 21, 2012

The March 1, 2012 deadline to submit letters of intent to apply to become an NCRG Center of Excellence in Gambling Research and to apply for Large Grants from the NCRG is right around the corner. The NCRG has allocated more than $1.5 million to fund research that advances our understanding about gambling disorders in 2012, and deadlines for two of those opportunities are quickly approaching. Make sure you submit your letter of intent for these two funding opportunities soon!

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