Responsible Gambling, Craving, and Barriers to Change

Interested in joining this lab?

  1. -Email Dr. Wohl

  2. -Provide an audit of your grades

  3. -Include a writing sample


I am looking for students who are:

  1. -Motivated

  2. -Energetic

  3. -Creative

  4. -Passionate about research


Opportunities Available for:

  1. -Graduate Students

  2. -Honours Students

  3. -Independent Study Students

  4. -Volunteers

At the heart of the research conducted in this lab is a desire to understand the causes of gambling addiction and means to facilitate responsible gambling.Topics of interest include craving, erroneous cognition/non-rational thought, responsible gambling (e.g., assessment of tools that facilitate limit setting and adherence), stress and coping responses, and barriers to behavioural change. This research takes place in the Carleton University Gambling Laboratory (CUGL), which is complete with slot machines, a black jack table, and a virtual reality casino.


Below, you will find a video my lab helped produce for Ontario Lottery and Gaming. The “Slot Machine: What Every Player Needs to Know” educational video is now a widely used animation that addresses erroneous cognitions relating to sampling with replac
ement and provides strategies for helping slot players to stay within their monetary limits. Note, the video only appears to work in Safari. If you cannot see the video, follow this link instead:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JkZbTxOc9w


More Recently, we have examined factors that hinder as well as facilitate behavioural change (self-help, professional care). Central to this line of research is nostalgic revere for the pre-addicted self. We have found (Kim & Wohl, 2015) that nostalgia (measured or manipulated) heightens readiness to change. We are in the midst of studying why nostalgia motivates change as well as the limits and boundaries of this effect. 


For information about knowledge translation activities related to the gambling research produced by CUGL, we invite you to look at the Gambling Research and Training (GREaT) Hub page. A link can be found at the top of this page.