Why stop gambling?

It may be easy to think that gambling is inherently a bad activity but a closer examination of this assumption will usually lead us back to a puritanical, church-based evaluation of it. While for some people this might be reason enough not to gamble, most people no longer support the idea that something is wrong … Continue reading Why stop gambling?

Pigeons and poker machines

 B. F. Skinner, arguably the most famous psychologist after Freud, made a remarkable discovery in 1948. Using pigeons in a cage, he gave them food pellets through a dispenser but used an important condition – the food pellets were given at regular intervals but it was not related in any way to the pigeons’ behaviour. … Continue reading Pigeons and poker machines

Speaking to someone about their gambling

Many people know of someone who gambles to excess - a friend, friend of a friend, a partner or family member. It can often be hard to know how to help. Concerned friends or family members often explain that they don’t know what to say, and sometimes feel they can’t say anything for fear of … Continue reading Speaking to someone about their gambling

Playing poker: ready to test your skill?

One type of gambling that has become very popular lately is poker, especially Texas Hold ‘Em. Not only are a lot of people playing it at home with mates, but a lot of pubs are now offering it many nights a week as well. Poker can be a fun and exciting game to play, and … Continue reading Playing poker: ready to test your skill?

Luck in gambling- is it real or just an illusion?

“Wow- I’m doing so well today- I should keep going now I’m on a lucky streak” “I’m down today- I should keep going, my luck is sure to change eventually” “I should have left yesterday when I was still lucky- if I’d left before my luck changed I could have come out ahead” Have you … Continue reading Luck in gambling- is it real or just an illusion?