Date of Award

8-1-2011

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Rehabilitation

First Advisor

Dixon, Mark

Abstract

The influence of a mental imagery task was examined to determine if imagining completing the gambling act could satiate the participant on gambling-related reinforcers and subsequently reduce gambling behavior. Thirty participants underwent a mental imagery task consisting of either imagining gambling on a slot machine or placing quarters in to a laundry machine. The results showed a statistically significant reduction in trials played on the slot machine for those who completed the gambling imagery task when compared to those in the laundry imagery group. Clinical implications and future directions are discussed.

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