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Authors: Lisa Lole, En Li, Alex M. Russell, Nancy Greer, Hannah Thorne and Nerilee Hing

Introduction The broadcast of wagering advertisements is prolific, especially during televised sports matches ( Hing, Lamont, Vitartas, & Fink, 2015b ; Lopez-Gonzalez, Estévez, & Griffiths, 2017b ; Sproston, Hanley, Brook

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gaming machines, race wagering, and sports betting ( Hing, Gainsbury, et al., 2014 ). Sports betting and race wagering are the only forms where expenditure is increasing ( Queensland Government Statisticians Office, 2017 ). Sports and race betting

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Authors: Nerilee Hing, Alex M. T. Russell, En Li and Peter Vitartas

media and may promote the brand or specific product features, opportunities to bet are often promoted and incentivized with wagering inducements ( Guerrero-Solé, Lopez-Gonzalez, & Griffiths, 2017 ; Hing, Sproston, Brading, & Brook, 2015 ; Lopez

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Authors: Matthew J. Rockloff, Matthew Browne, Alex M. T. Russell, Nerilee Hing and Nancy Greer

interests ( Hing, Sproston, Brook, & Brading, 2017 ). Longitudinal studies have shown that exposure to wagering inducements is associated with increased betting expenditure ( Browne, Hing, Russell, Thomas, & Jenkinson, 2019 ; Hing, Russell, Thomas

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Introduction Wagering on racing and sporting events in Australia has grown substantially in recent years, where the legal age for gambling is 18 years or older. Race-betting losses totaled $3.3 billion in 2016

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). Wagering inducements, such as bonus bets, cash rebates, and special odds, are heavily advertised and alter the structural features of bets. Lopez-Gonzalez et al. ( 2017 ) single out risk-free bets as particularly concerning. They typically offer a refund if

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Background and aims

The current study was designed to assess the impact of wins and losses in simulated blackjack on craving to gamble and to assess the extent to which this craving was associated with actual wagering in an optional gambling task.


Participants were undergraduates attending a large Midwestern university in the United States. They completed the Gambling Urge Scale (GUS) and then were randomized to either a condition in which they would win 15 hands of blackjack (Win condition; n = 41) or lose 15 hands (Lose condition; n = 37) out of a total of 20 hands. After playing blackjack and completing several additional questionnaires, participants had the chance to wager their $5 compensation for the opportunity to win $50.


GUS scores increased significantly following blackjack, regardless of condition. We also found that post-blackjack craving was significantly associated with the amount participants wagered in the optional betting task, such that greater craving was associated with higher amount wagered.


These findings provide further support for the construct validity of the GUS, provide novel findings regarding the effects of wins and losses when gambling, and provide evidence of an association between craving and a behavioral betting task.

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Authors: Daniel L. King, Sally M. Gainsbury, Paul H. Delfabbro, Nerilee Hing and Brett Abarbanel

, and contextual indicators of progression and success, and (2) that gambling is defined by betting and wagering mechanics, predominantly chance-determined outcomes, and monetisation features that involve risk and payout to the player. The element of

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2007b: The Competition between Handicraftsmen in Etar — A “Wager” Competition or Insight into Modern Handcrafts, in: Handcrafts — Past, Present, Future . 2, Gabrovo: Faber Publishing, 269–277. Bineva R. Handcrafts

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. , Howerter , A. , & Wager , T. ( 2000 ). The unity and diversity of executive functions and their contributions to complex „frontal lobe” tasks: A latent variable analysis . Cognitive Psychology, , 41 , 49 – 100

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