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Conference on Gambling and Addiction

NCRG Conference Presenter Discusses How to Use the Internet as an Intervention for Gambling Disorders

by: NCRG Staff | Oct 19, 2011

The third morning session at the 12th annual NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction was an especially good fit with the conference theme, “Risk or Reward: The Impact of Technology on Treatment, Research and Responsible Gaming.”  Dr. John Cunningham, Canada research chair in brief interventions for addictive behaviors at the University of Toronto, presented a session called “Web-based Interventions for Alcohol Use Disorders: Implications for Gambling.” The session was especially pertinent because it highlighted the possibilities of using web-based treatments for gambling disorders, an option that is sometimes overshadowed by concerns about the potential negative effects of technology.  

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NCRG Conference: Responsible Gaming on the Internet – The Bwin.party Case Study

by: NCRG Staff | Oct 13, 2011

Breakout sessions at the NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction are a unique opportunity to hear from leaders in research on gambling disorders and responsible gaming in a smaller setting. Joachim Häeusler, the responsible gaming manager at bwin.party digital entertainment (bwin.party), led a Sunday-evening breakout session at this year’s conference that examined the company’s comprehensive player-protection program, as well as what the company’s goals for future responsible gaming initiatives.

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Dr. Gary Small Kicks off 2011 NCRG Conference with Talk on How Technology Changes the Brain

by: NCRG Staff | Oct 4, 2011

The 12th Annual NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction kicked off Sunday in Las Vegas with a plenary session featuring Gary Small, M.D., director of the UCLA Center on Aging at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior at UCLA. Dr. Small’s session was titled, “iBrain: Surviving the Technological Alteration of the Modern Mind.”

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NCRG Honors Wendy Slustke with the 2011 Scientific Achievement Award

by: NCRG Staff | Oct 3, 2011

The National Center for Responsible Gaming (NCRG) has named Wendy S. Slutske, Ph.D., professor in the department of psychological sciences at the University of Missouri-Columbia, the recipient of the 2011 Scientific Achievement Award in recognition of her contributions to the field of research on gambling disorders. The award was presented at a luncheon today The Sands Expo and Convention Center at The Venetian in Las Vegas, Nev., during the 12th annual NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction.

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NCRG Conference: Science Vs. Myth – Research On Internet Gambling

by: NCRG Staff | Oct 3, 2011

Yesterday’s NCRG Conference attendees were able to hear the latest research on actual Internet gambling behavior from Sarah Nelson, Ph.D., associate director for research at the Division on Addictions at Cambridge Health Alliance, a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School, and instructor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Nelson led the session “Science vs. Myth: Research on Internet Gambling” at the 12th annual NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction.

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NCRG Pre-conference Workshop: Motivational Interviewing for Clients with Gambling Problems

by: NCRG Staff | Oct 3, 2011

Prior to the start of the 12th annual NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction, David Hodgins, Ph.D., professor of psychology and adjunct professor in the department of psychiatry at the University of Calgary, led a workshop on how clinicians can incorporate Motivational Interviewing (MI) into their treatment plan for patients with gambling disorders. During this workshop, Dr. Hodgins described the principles of MI, explained MI strategies and discussed how to apply MI in a clinical practice.

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Follow the NCRG Conference Online

by: NCRG Staff | Sep 30, 2011

Can’t make it to the 12th annual NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction that starts today? Keep up with all the breaking news from the event by subscribing to Gambling Disorders 360° for daily updates, on-site reporting about the sessions and audio posts from leading researchers and industry representatives.

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NCRG Insider: Interview with Dr. Gary Small About Technology and the Brain

by: NCRG Staff | Sep 20, 2011

Click below for the NCRG blog team’s exclusive interview with Dr. Gary Small, director of the UCLA Longevity Center at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior. Nathan Smith, program officer for the NCRG, sat down with Dr. Small to discuss how technology affects brain development, the differences between digital immigrants and digital natives, and his book, iBrain: Surviving the Technological Alteration of the Modern Mind.

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Research Shows Continued Decline in Youth Gambling in Minnesota Students

by: NCRG Staff | Sep 15, 2011

What is the impact of Internet gambling and video games on young people? Are the rates of gambling and problem gambling in this population remaining stable or changing? Researchers Randy Stinchfield, Ph.D., University of Minnesota, and Marc Potenza, M.D., Ph.D., Yale University, will discuss this topic at the 12th annual NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction. Their session on Monday, October 3 is titled “What the Research Shows: The Latest on Teen Gambling” and will report on the latest research on youth gambling.

Regarding youth gambling, results from the Minnesota Student Survey suggest that the rates of youth gambling have declined from 1992 to 2007.  According to Dr. Stinchfield’s (2011) study published in Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, an analysis of this survey suggests a decline in gambling behaviors among ninth and 12th grade Minnesota public, charter and tribal school students. In an interview with the NCRG earlier this year, Dr. Stinchfield offered explanations for some of his findings.

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NCRG Conference Updates: Early Bird Registration Discount Ends September 12!

by: NCRG Staff | Sep 8, 2011

There is less than a week left to receive the early bird registration rate for the NCRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction! Register by September 12 to receive the low registration rate of $295 and join leaders in the healthcare sector, gaming industry, government and academia at this year’s event.  You can register online or print and fax your registration form with payment. There is also a discount on the pre-conference workshops with Dr. Jon Grant and Dr. David Hodgins when you register by the early bird deadline.

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