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Proactive motor control reduces monetary risk taking in gambling

Verbruggen, Frederick, Adams, Rachel Charlotte and Chambers, Christopher D. 2012. Proactive motor control reduces monetary risk taking in gambling. Psychological Science 23 (7) , pp. 805-815. 10.1177/0956797611434538

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Less supervision by the executive system after disruption of the right prefrontal cortex leads to increased risk taking in gambling because superficially attractive—but risky—choices are not suppressed. Similarly, people might gamble more in multitask situations than in single-task situations because concurrent executive processes usually interfere with each other. In the study reported here, we used a novel monetary decision-making paradigm to investigate whether multitasking could reduce rather than increase risk taking in gambling. We found that performing a task that induced cautious motor responding reduced gambling in a multitask situation (Experiment 1). We then found that a short period of inhibitory training lessened risk taking in gambling at least 2 hr later (Experiments 2 and 3). Our findings indicate that proactive motor control strongly affects monetary risk taking in gambling. The link between control systems at different cognitive levels might be exploited to develop new methods for rehabilitation of addiction and impulse-control disorders.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre (CUBRIC)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Uncontrolled Keywords: gambling; impulse control; executive functions; stop signal; training; response inhibition; self-control
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 0956-7976
Funders: ESRC, BBSRC
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2021 02:40

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