School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences
Field of Research:
Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Professor Matthew Rockloff; Associate Professor Matthew Browne; Professor Alexander Blaszczynski
Doctor of Philosophy
The protective influence of analytical thinking on altering gambling beliefs and behaviours.
Many gamblers have a tendency to think irrationally about gambling; endorsing an array of erroneous or biased beliefs about gambling. Erroneous gambling beliefs promote excessive gambling and contributes to the development and maintenance of gambling problems. Dual cognitive theory suggests when making decisions, people employ two styles of thinking to process information and generate a response: an intuitive and/or analytical style. Relying on an intuitive style without adequate analytical input can lead to errors in judgement. If gamblers can be trained to think more analytically, it may be possible to encourage more considered gambling that results in safer gambling decisions.
Why my research is important/Impacts
Gambling continues to be a pervasive issue due to the harm associated with excessive use. Understanding the mental mechanisms at play that promote risky gambling consumption can help to identify how we might be able to encourage and promote safer gambling through altering the way people think about gambling. Training that fosters accurate perceptions about gambling and facilitates critical thought has potential, not only for therapy and intervention initiatives targeted at problem gamblers, but for preventative strategies and education aimed at reducing the development of problems in at risk gamblers.