Gambling is a common behavior in which the majority of adolescents and adults participate. Gambling can be defined as placing something of value at risk in hopes of gaining something of greater value. While most people gamble without developing gambling problems, the group of people developing gambling problems can experience significant suffering, as can people close to them.
Our group has been investigating multiple aspects of recreational, problem and pathological gambling. We have used brain imaging, genetic, clinical trials, epidemiologic and other methodologies to gain a better understanding of people with different degrees of problem gambling severity.
Currently, we are combining brain imaging, genetic, clinical trials and other methodologies in our Center of Excellence in Gambling Research that is supported by the National Center for Responsible Gaming.