Date of Award

8-1-2013

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Rehabilitation

First Advisor

Baker, Jonathan

Abstract

Previous studies on gambling behavior have identified the phenomenon known as a `near miss.' This phenomenon has been shown to increase gambling behavior while engage in various gambling scenarios like blackjack and slot machine play. The current study sought to show a correlation between social contingencies and verbalized near miss ratings between two players. One participant in the study served as a confederate and was aware of all experimental variables. Three other participants engaged in the study. Following each hand of play both the confederate and the participant verbalized a rating of how closely they felt they were to winning from 1 to 9. Results from the study were erratic and inconclusive. Despite getting unanticipated results, merit to the study still exists in paving the way to study the social effects of verbalizing near miss ratings.

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