Neurobehavioral evidence for the "Near-Miss" effect in pathological gamblers.

  title={Neurobehavioral evidence for the "Near-Miss" effect in pathological gamblers.},
  author={Reza Habib and Mark R. Dixon},
  journal={Journal of the experimental analysis of behavior},
  volume={93 3},
  • R. HabibM. Dixon
  • Published 1 May 2010
  • Psychology
  • Journal of the experimental analysis of behavior
The purpose of this translational study was twofold: (1) to contrast behavioral and brain activity between pathological and nonpathological gamblers, and (2) to examine differences as a function of the outcome of the spin of a slot machine, focusing predominately on the "Near-Miss"--when two reels stop on the same symbol, and that symbol is just above or below the payoff line on the third reel. Twenty-two participants (11 nonpathological; 11 pathological) completed the study by rating the… 

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