Works in Progress. Tim and the Gambling Gang a.k.a. GAG (gambling addiction group) 12.2.04. UCLA Gambling Studies Program. Program Building: Research Treatment Education / Prevention Policy Making Visibility. Our current Gambling Team . Alice Davis on Project Coordination
Tim and the Gambling Gang
(gambling addiction group)
Education / Prevention
Pre-pulse inhibition and pathological gambling
N= 12 gamblers
Prelim results = impaired acoustic startle (less PPI, suggesting altered dopamine processes)
Recruiting matched controls
Brian and Alice are working on it . .
Institute for Research on Pathological Gambling and Related Disorders (Harvard)
“The impact of chronic and acute stress on pathological gamblers”
Due: Feb 2005
I. To compare the number of chronic stressful life events between machine pathological gamblers, non-machine pathological gamblers and non-gambling controls.
II. To evaluate the impact of chronic stress on machine pathological gamblers, non-machine pathological gamblers and non-gambling controls through assessments of psychological distress, psychological coping strategies to stress, perceived responses to stress and measurements of health status
III. To demonstrate the differential objective and subjective responses to stress between machine pathological gamblers, non-machine pathological gamblers and non-gambling controls on an acute, experimental stressor (a public speaking task).
Main idea: Are OCD and PG the same animal? How do they respond to stress?
1. To characterize the neurophysiological and neuropsychological responses of patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) to an acute stressor task.
We hypothesize that subjects with OCD will demonstrate an amplified stress response as compared to control subjects without OCD.
2. To differentiate neurophysiological and neuropsychological responses to an acute stressor task between subjects with pathological gambling and subjects with obsessive-compulsive disorder
We hypothesize that pathological gamblers will respond similarly to obsessive-compulsive disordered subjects in some but not all of the stress response measurements.
3. To examine which subtypes of pathological gamblers, specifically machine gamblers versus non-machine gamblers, demonstrate similar characteristics to patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder.
We hypothesize that machine gamblers will more closely obsessive-compulsive disorder than non-machine gamblers in terms of personality features, cognitions and symptomatology.
American Psychiatric Foundation
partnering with MATRIX on college prevention
Alcohol Beverage Medical Foundation
“Alcohol and PG”
examine mechanisms of how alcohol affects impulsivity or gambling
Situational Needs Assessment of Problem Gambling Services in California. Prepared for California Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs. November 2004
The etiology of pathological gambling. Ready for launch
Topiramate and compulsive sex. Submitted.
Office of Problem Gambling (DADP)
Future RFPs: prevention/treatment.
Courts: Gambling Courts?
Self-Exclusion Project: On-line but not action
How do we make then an offer that they cannot refuse?