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Cafe Scientifique episode

Wed, 16th Jun 2010

Cambridge Cafe Scientifique - Gambling and the Brain!

Roulette wheel (c) Conor Ogle from London, UK

In this month's Cafe Scientifique, Dr Luke Clarke from the University of Cambridge explores the effect gambling has on our brain. He reveals why gambling is so addictive, how 'near-misses' make us gamble more and how gambling stimulates the same pleasure centres in our brains as chocolate and sex! We also answer audience questions including why gambling on the lottery seems less risky, whether there are differences between regular and internet gambling, and whether there are differences in addiction between men and women.

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