Demystifying Medicine Video

Gambling disorder has been recognized as the first behavioural addiction, but how do we differentiate between typical and pathological gambling? What are some signs and symptoms? Are there any risk factors? What is the research in this field like? Learn the answers to these questions and more by watching this conversation with Iris Balodis, PhD, an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioural neurosciences at McMaster University.

[Watch Part 1 of this discussion about addictions]

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  • Balodis, I. M., Kober, H., Worhunsky, P. D., Stevens, M. C., Pearlson, G. D., & Potenza, M. N. (2012). Diminished frontostriatal activity during processing of monetary rewards and losses in pathological gambling. Biological Psychiatry, 71(8), 749-757.
  • Balodis, I. M., & Potenza, M. N. (2016). Imaging the gambling brain. International Review of Neurobiology (Vol. 129, pp. 111-124). Academic Press.
  • Luijten, M., Schellekens, A. F., Kühn, S., Machielse, M. W., & Sescousse, G. (2017). Disruption of reward processing in addiction: an image-based meta-analysis of functional magnetic resonance imaging studies. Jama Psychiatry, 74(4), 387-398.