Altering the near-miss effect in slot machine gamblers.

  title={Altering the near-miss effect in slot machine gamblers.},
  author={Mark R. Dixon and Becky L Nastally and James E. Jackson and Reza Habib},
  journal={Journal of applied behavior analysis},
  volume={42 4},
This study investigated the potential for recreational gamblers to respond as if certain types of losing slot machine outcomes were actually closer to a win than others (termed the near-miss effect). Exposure to conditional discrimination training and testing disrupted this effect for 10 of the 16 participants. These 10 participants demonstrated high percentages of conditional discrimination testing performance, and the remaining 6 participants failed the discrimination tests. The implications… CONTINUE READING

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