2021/2022

Major Grants

Financial Outcomes After Winning the Lottery (#92)

Project Approved 2021-22

Dr. Barry Scholnick (Principal Investigator)
Alberta School of Business, University of Alberta
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Description

This proposal examines whether a large (vs. small) lottery win has positive or negative financial impacts on the financial wellbeing of the winners. We will provide evidence on two contrasting hypotheses: (1) that a lottery win will allow the winner to pay down existing debt and improve their financial health; or (2), that a lottery win will create longer term financial harm for the winner because of subsequent overconsumption and/or financial mismanagement. We will provide evidence on these two hypotheses by linking lottery winner data, with data on the winner’s credit records provided by a Canadian Credit Bureau. [Note: This grant provides additional funds for grant #89 to enhance the methodology].

Timeframe: January 1, 2022 to December 31, 2024

The Alberta Gambling Research Institute provides grant funding to support peer-endorsed academic investigations into many aspects of gambling research. The contents, recommendations, and findings of the associated research reports, posted on this website, represent the views of the researcher(s).


A Social Neuroscience Examination of Ironic Risk-Taking (#93)

Project Approved 2021-22

Dr. Kyle Nash (Principal Investigator)
Psychology Department, University of Alberta
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Description

Research and real-world events reveal a puzzling, even ironic, phenomenon in which anxiety, which primarily inspires caution, sometimes precedes bouts of risk-taking. Based on our AGRI-funded prior research, I propose four multi-method, multidisciplinary EEG studies to examine i) a novel anxiety-regulation perspective in which irrational, exuberant risk-taking may sometimes reflect a psychological ‘escape’ from the discomfort of anxiety, and ii) a neurofeedback treatment that may reduce ironic risk-taking. 

Timeframe: January 1, 2022 to December 31, 2024

The Alberta Gambling Research Institute provides grant funding to support peer-endorsed academic investigations into many aspects of gambling research. The contents, recommendations, and findings of the associated research reports, posted on this website, represent the views of the researcher(s).


The Economic Incidence of Indigenous Gaming (#94)

Project Approved 2021-22

Dr. Laurel Wheeler (Principal Investigator)
Department of Economics, University of Alberta
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Description

This is an application for funding to support research into the short- and long-run economic effects of the Indigenous gaming industry in the United States. The study relies on confidential demographic census data and public data on casino openings to examine the economic and socio-demographic effects of casinos on Indigenous communities as well as the indirect effects on surrounding localities. The research project constitutes the foundation of a broader research agenda seeking to understand the conditions under which Indigenous communities benefit from entrance into the gaming industry, both in the United States and in Canada.

Timeframe: January 1, 2022 to December 31, 2023

The Alberta Gambling Research Institute provides grant funding to support peer-endorsed academic investigations into many aspects of gambling research. The contents, recommendations, and findings of the associated research reports, posted on this website, represent the views of the researcher(s).


Online gambling self-help and motivational enhancement (#95)

Project Approved 2021-22

Dr. David C Hodgins (Co-Principal Investigator)
Department of Psychology, University of Calgary
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Dr. Brad W. Brazeau
Department of Psychology, University of Calgary
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Description

Online self-help programs provide widely accessible and effective tools to reduce gambling problems without excessive intrusion on gamblers’ lives. Brief adjuncts, such as motivational interviews, have been successfully paired with paper-and-pencil workbooks for gambling in the past but have yet to be paired with online self-help programs. The current study proposes to supplement an online self-help program for gambling problems with a single motivational interview to examine whether and how the effects of the program, particularly participant engagement, can be enhanced.

Timeframe: January 1, 2022 to December 31, 2024

The Alberta Gambling Research Institute provides grant funding to support peer-endorsed academic investigations into many aspects of gambling research. The contents, recommendations, and findings of the associated research reports, posted on this website, represent the views of the researcher(s).


Gambling in Canada: A Return to Normal or the Establishment of a New Normal? (#96)

Project Approved 2021-22

Dr. Carrie Shaw (Principal Investigator)
Faculty of Health Sciences & Department of Psychology, University of Lethbridge
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Dr. Robert J. Williams (Co-Principal Investigator)
Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Lethbridge
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Description

The present study is a ‘post-COVID’ assessment of gambling behaviour in a cohort of 2100 Canadian gamblers that were assessed in 2018 and 2019 prior to the pandemic, and in 2020 and 2021 during the pandemic. The proposed assessment periods in December 2021 and May 2022 will provide important insight into the more enduring impacts in gambling behaviour that were observed during the pandemic.

Timeframe: January 1, 2022 to July 31, 2023

The Alberta Gambling Research Institute provides grant funding to support peer-endorsed academic investigations into many aspects of gambling research. The contents, recommendations, and findings of the associated research reports, posted on this website, represent the views of the researcher(s).


Determining the Relationship of Communication in Emotional Regulation And Severity of Problem Gambling and Comorbidities (#97)

Project Approved 2021-22

Dr. Bonnie K. Lee (Principal Investigator)
Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Lethbridge

Dr. Erkan Isik
Department of Counseling Psychology
Istanbul Aydin University
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Description

This project will investigate the relationship between congruent communication and its relationship with problem gambling, emotion regulation and comorbidities.

Timeframe: January 1, 2022 to December 31, 2023

The Alberta Gambling Research Institute provides grant funding to support peer-endorsed academic investigations into many aspects of gambling research. The contents, recommendations, and findings of the associated research reports, posted on this website, represent the views of the researcher(s).