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Does learning about the mathematics of gambling change gambling behavior?

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dc.contributor.author Williams, Robert J.
dc.contributor.author Connolly, Dennis
dc.date.accessioned 2007-07-17T22:05:57Z
dc.date.available 2007-07-17T22:05:57Z
dc.date.issued 2006-03
dc.identifier.citation Psychology of Addictive Behaviors (2006), Vol 20, No. 1, 62-68. en
dc.identifier.issn 0893-164x
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10133/369
dc.description This article may not exactly replicate the final version published in the APA journal. It is not the copy of record. en
dc.description.abstract The present research examined the influence of improved knowledge of odds and mathematical expectation on the gambling behavior of university students. A group of 198 Introductory Statistics students received instruction on probability theory using examples from gambling. One comparison group of 134 students received generic instruction on probability and a second group of 138 non-Statistics students received no mathematical instruction. Six months after the intervention, students receiving the intervention demonstrated superior ability to calculate gambling odds as well as resistance to gambling fallacies. Unexpectedly, this improved knowledge and skill was not associated with any decreases in actual gambling behavior. The implication of this research is that enhanced mathematical knowledge on its own may be insufficient to change gambling behavior. en
dc.description.sponsorship Alberta Gaming Research Institute en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher American Psychological Association en
dc.subject college students en
dc.subject gambling en
dc.subject mathematics education en
dc.subject probability en
dc.title Does learning about the mathematics of gambling change gambling behavior? en
dc.type Article en
dc.publisher.faculty School of Health Sciences
dc.publisher.faculty Arts and Science
dc.publisher.department Mathematics and Computer Science
dc.description.peer-review Yes

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