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The effect of probabilistic monetary incentive magnitude on psychophysiological measures on a computerized simulated-slot machine


2007 2007

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Abstract (summary)

The purpose of the present study was to examine the potential physiological arousal that occurs when recreational gamblers play a simulated slot machine for various amounts of money. Twenty college undergraduates that reported occasional slot machine playing functioned as participants in the current study. Two groups of ten participants were utilized with each group exposed to one of two monetary contingencies (minimal and large). Electroencephalography (EEG), respiration rate, and galvanic skin response measures were taken during an adaptation phase followed by a reversal design incorporating monetary contingencies present and absent and followed by a final phase incorporating extinction. Results demonstrated no significant differences of monetary incentive magnitude across all psychophysiological measures, alternative behavioral measures (e.g., inter-response times, subjective probabilities), and resistance to extinction. A significant difference of trial outcome (following losses and following wins) was found in respect to inter-response time in that inter-response times were significantly greater following winning trials (i.e., spins) than losing trials. Despite the lack of significant differences, the results are discussed in terms of their benefit to the research literature, academicians conducting gambling research, and finally their relevance to real vs. hypothetical rewards.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Behaviorial sciences;
Physiological psychology
Classification
0384: Behaviorial sciences
0989: Physiological psychology
Identifier / keyword
Psychology; Gambling; Incentive magnitude; Psychophysiology; Resistance to extinction
Title
The effect of probabilistic monetary incentive magnitude on psychophysiological measures on a computerized simulated-slot machine
Author
Dillen, Jeffrey E.
Number of pages
94
Publication year
2007
Degree date
2007
School code
0209
Source
MAI 46/02M, Masters Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780549222330
Advisor
Dixon, Mark R.
Committee member
Cuvo, Anthony J.; Rehfeldt, Ruth Anne
University/institution
Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
Department
Behavior Analysis and Therapy
University location
United States -- Illinois
Degree
M.S.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
1446978
ProQuest document ID
304810363
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304810363
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