Flashcards in Behavioural Explanations for Gambling - Addiction Deck (6):
How does Delabbro + Winefield help to explain initiation?
Small wins on the poker machines maintained response rates
= shows the effects of doom some etc
How does the behavioural explanation explain maintenance?
OC: there is positive reinforcement as every win increases dopamine levels
OC: there is negative reinforcement - gambling can act as a distraction to other problems such as depression
How does Delabbro and Winefield help to explain maintenance?
- Small wins maintained response rates = kept producing dopamine
- Larger wins disrupted response rates
= regular normal wins maintain gambling
How does the behavioural explanation explain relapse?
Addicts can react to things associated with their addiction in a similar way to the actual addiction it's self
- gambling ques such as betting shops can create similar responses to that of the stimuli of gambling
How does Blanchard et al help to explain relapse?
Heart rate responded of gamblers to 2 gambling audiotapes were significantly greater than those found for the controls
= stimuli associated with gambling may cause relapse as there is a clear response to it