People who gamble frequently may experience brain changes that make it extremely difficult for them to give up the habit, researchers say. Scientists from Monash University will for the first time use a combination of MRI scans, psychological tests and questionnaires to pinpoint the differences between the brains of people who identify themselves as regular gamblers, and those of a control group.
The collaborative study, led by the Monash Clinic and Imaging Neuroscience (MCIN) group at Monash University, will work in conjunction with the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation and Turning Point to investigate all types of problem gambling. The research focus will be on people who regularly use gaming machines, or ‘pokies’.
(excerpt from: ‘Gambling may alter your brain’ Financial express, Dt. Jun 21st,2014)