The gamblers - people addicted to gambling - suffer from certain anomalies in the functioning of their brain that affect their ability to make decisions, according to researchers from the University of Granada who have carried out a study in this regard.
The scientists analyzed the similarities and psychological differences and functioning of the brain that exists between cocaine addicts and people who suffer addiction due to gambling.
Using techniques to identify abnormalities in brain function through electroencephalography They found that the use of cocaine causes detrimental and cumulative effects on the functioning of certain areas of the brain that regulate impulse control.
The propensity of game addicts to make bad decisions increases significantly when experiencing negative emotions such as sadness or anxiety
In the case of gamblers they did not find these negative effects on impulse control, but they did find other anomalies in the functioning of their brain in areas of the prefrontal cortex, associated with the severity of the disorder they suffered, and affecting their ability for taking decisions. They also observed that the propensity of game addicts to make bad decisions increases significantly if they experience negative emotions such as sadness or anxiety.
The researchers identified key aspects that they consider necessary to include in the treatment of pathological gambling, especially in the most serious cases, such as performing an intervention on the patient's emotional problems that trigger their pathological need to play, and establishing a training that will Allow to learn to properly assess the losses and their consequences.