Please Explain: The Science of Gambling Addiction
Friday, February 01, 2013
Casinos have been adding more screen-based games in recent years. On this week’s Please Explain we’ll find out how screen-based gambling, like video slot machines, contribute to gambling addiction. Dr. Alain Dagher, neurologist and neuroscientist at Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital, McGill University, and Dr. Natasha Dow Schüll, cultural anthropologist and associate professor at MIT's Program in Science, Technology, and Society talk about how the brain responds to gambling and what makes it addictive. Dr. Dow is the author of the new book, Addiction by Design: Machine Gambling in Las Vegas.