2019/2020

Major Grants

A Cross-National Investigation of the Convergence of Gambling and Gaming (#88)

Project Approved 2019-20

Dr. David C Hodgins (Co-Principal Investigator)
Department of Psychology, University of Calgary
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Dr. Zsolt Demetrovics (Co-Investigator)
Department of Psychology, Eötvös Loránd University Institute of Psychology [Hungary]
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Mr. Hyoun S. Kim (Co-Principal investigator)
Department of Psychology, University of Calgary
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Dr. Hermano Tavares (Co-lnvestigator)
Faculty of Medicine, University of Sao Paulo [Brazil]
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Dr. Sherry Stewart (Co-Investigator)
Department of Psychiatry & Psychology, Dalhousie University
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Dr. Jung-Seok Choi (Co-lnvestigator)
Department of Psychiatry, SMG-SNU Boramae Medical Center [Seoul, Korea]

Dr. Daniel L. King (Co-Investigator)
Department of Psychology, University of Adelaide [Australia]
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Description

In recent years, the distinction between gambling and gaming is increasingly blurred with the introduction of gambling-like activities (GLAs) embedded within video games (e.g., loot boxes, skins betting, e-sports betting). The few empirical studies that have assessed the convergence of gambling and gaming suggest these GLAs are associated with problem gambling symptoms, yet little else is known regarding this important topic. The proposed program of research is designed to add to our understanding of these GLAs in video games through a multi-disciplinary, cross-national collaboration that will examine: (i) the inter-relationships between GLAs and their relative importance to problem gambling and gaming symptoms, (ii) the participation rates in GLAs between countries, and potential socio-cultural factors that moderate this relationship, (iii) demographic/clinical characteristics, (iv) motivations, and (v) harms associated with GLAs in three different samples of gamers (university, online gaming forums, and crowdsourcing) from Canada, Australia, Korea, Hungary, and Brazil.

Timeframe: January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2022


Targeting Implicit Cognitions in Comprehensive Prevention Programming for Gambling, Alcohol and Cannabis Use (#87)

Project Approved 2019-20

Ms. Gillian Russell, PhD Candidate (Principal Investigator)
Department of Psychology, University of Lethbridge
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Dr. Marvin Krank (Co-principal Investigator)
Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences, UBC Okanagan Campus
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Dr. Robert J. Williams (Co-principal Investigator)
Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Lethbridge
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Description

This project looks to expand on traditional prevention programming by including manipulations that target implicit cognitions. By integrating methods that influence implicit processes, we look to create prevention programming that may be automatically be activated by environmental and situational factors without the need for conscious recollection.

Timeframe: January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2022; extended to December 31, 2023