Date of Award

12-1-2015

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Behavior Analysis and Therapy

First Advisor

Dixon, Mark

Abstract

Gambling is becoming a growing problem and more attention is being drawn to the diagnosis of pathological gambler. Recently, gambling behavior has been studied not only as a product of reinforcement schedules, but as a product of verbal behavior. Previous studies have shown that relations can be taught that then affect choices made during gambling. It can be assumed, therefore, that relations are learned in a gambler’s natural environment that affect his behavior. Slot machine theme draws many suggestions as casinos put in great efforts to increase the number of themes available. The goal of the present study was to examine the effects of choice, in regards to theme, and win amount on participants’ play. Results indicate that neither win amount nor choice had effect on participants’ gambling engagement.

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