Induced sadness increases persistence in a simulated slot machine task among recreational gamblers.

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Institution
Title
Induced sadness increases persistence in a simulated slot machine task among recreational gamblers.
Journal
Psychology of Addictive Behaviors
Author(s)
Devos Gaëtan, Clark Luke, Maurage Pierre, Billieux Joël
ISSN
1939-1501
0893-164X
Publication state
Published
Issued date
2018
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
32
Number
3
Pages
383-388
Language
english
Abstract
Gambling may constitute a strategy for coping with depressive mood, but a direct influence of depressive
mood on gambling behaviors has never been tested via realistic experimental designs in gamblers. The
current study tested whether experimentally induced sadness increases persistence on a simulated slot
machine task using real monetary reinforcement in recreational gamblers. Sixty participants were
randomly assigned to an experimental (sadness induction) or control (no emotional induction) condition,
and then performed a slot machine task consisting of a mandatory phase followed by a persistence phase.
Potential confounding variables (problem gambling symptoms, impulsivity traits, gambling cognitions)
were measured to ensure that the experimental and control groups were comparable. The study showed
that participants in the sadness condition displayed greater gambling persistence than control participants. These data support the causal role of negative affect in decisions to gamble and persistence,
which bears important theoretical and clinical implications.
Keywords
Medicine (miscellaneous), Clinical Psychology, Psychiatry and Mental health, depression, emotion induction, gambling disorder, laboratory gambling, sadness
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