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    Gambling has drug-like effect on brain

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The brains of people anticipating a win at the roulette table appear to react much like those taking euphoria-inducing drugs.

    A team of investigators reports in the May 24 issue of the journal Neuron that the parts of the brain that respond to the prospects of winning and losing money while gambling are the same as those that appear to respond to cocaine and morphine.

    The overlap of brain activity seen in the gambling experiment with that found in earlier studies of drug use indicates, the researchers said, that the brain uses the same circuitry for "the processing of diverse rewards."

    "The results of our gaming experiment, coupled with findings from prior studies of the anticipation and experience of positive and negative outcomes in humans and laboratory animals, suggest that a network of interrelated structures ... coordinate the processing of goal-related stimuli," the team led by Dr. Hans C. Breiter of Massachusetts General Hospital said.

    A challenge for the future, he said, is to determine how different parts of these brain circuits affect the thinking, emotion and motivation involved in anticipation, evaluation, and decision-making.

    "Identifying these regions of the brain and mapping the neural pathways that process the anticipation and 'rewards' associated with drug abuse would be a tremendous boost to the development of medications or interventions that could block these circuits and provide other treatment approaches," said Dr. Alan I. Leshner, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The research was supported by NIDA, a division of the National Institutes of Health.

    The research team led by Breiter used magnetic resonance imaging to map the brain responses of 12 men while they participated in a game of chance involving winning or losing money.

    They found that in the gambling experiment, blood flow to the brain changed in ways similar to that seen in other experiments during an infusion of cocaine in subjects addicted to that drug and to low doses of morphine in drug-free individuals.

    The changes varied in accordance with the amount of money involved, and a broadly distributed set of brain regions were involved in anticipating a win. The more money involved, the more excited the person became.

    The primary response to winning, or the prospect of winning, was seen in the right hemisphere of the brain, while the left hemisphere was more active in response to losing, the researchers reported.

    Besides Breiter, the research team included Peter Shizgal of Concordia University in Montreal, Daniel Kahneman of Princeton University and Anders Dale and Itzhak Aharon, both of Massachusetts General Hospital.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Katweezel View Post
    Source: USA Today
    Gambling has drug-like effect on brain

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The brains of people anticipating a win at the roulette table appear to react much like those taking euphoria-inducing drugs.

    A team of investigators reports in the May 24 issue of the journal Neuron that the parts of the brain that respond to the prospects of winning and losing money while gambling are the same as those that appear to respond to cocaine and morphine.

    The overlap of brain activity seen in the gambling experiment with that found in earlier studies of drug use indicates, the researchers said, that the brain uses the same circuitry for "the processing of diverse rewards."

    "The results of our gaming experiment, coupled with findings from prior studies of the anticipation and experience of positive and negative outcomes in humans and laboratory animals, suggest that a network of interrelated structures ... coordinate the processing of goal-related stimuli," the team led by Dr. Hans C. Breiter of Massachusetts General Hospital said.

    A challenge for the future, he said, is to determine how different parts of these brain circuits affect the thinking, emotion and motivation involved in anticipation, evaluation, and decision-making.

    "Identifying these regions of the brain and mapping the neural pathways that process the anticipation and 'rewards' associated with drug abuse would be a tremendous boost to the development of medications or interventions that could block these circuits and provide other treatment approaches," said Dr. Alan I. Leshner, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The research was supported by NIDA, a division of the National Institutes of Health.

    The research team led by Breiter used magnetic resonance imaging to map the brain responses of 12 men while they participated in a game of chance involving winning or losing money.

    They found that in the gambling experiment, blood flow to the brain changed in ways similar to that seen in other experiments during an infusion of cocaine in subjects addicted to that drug and to low doses of morphine in drug-free individuals.

    The changes varied in accordance with the amount of money involved, and a broadly distributed set of brain regions were involved in anticipating a win. The more money involved, the more excited the person became.

    The primary response to winning, or the prospect of winning, was seen in the right hemisphere of the brain, while the left hemisphere was more active in response to losing, the researchers reported.

    Besides Breiter, the research team included Peter Shizgal of Concordia University in Montreal, Daniel Kahneman of Princeton University and Anders Dale and Itzhak Aharon, both of Massachusetts General Hospital.
    Have they done a study to see whether the brain can anticipate a win? After all, the brain is itself a supercomputer. That would be a real find!
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    Quote Originally Posted by aslan View Post
    Have they done a study to see whether the brain can anticipate a win? After all, the brain is itself a supercomputer. That would be a real find!
    Yes, they found that the brain super-meta faculties when honed to
    the point of anticipation in perfect intuition is even more addictive. zg
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    There many endorphine releasing actions in the brain,one of which the high you may or may not experience in a big win. There are alot of chemical reactions that occur when a person either takes something to produce the release of dopamimes or the brain signals to release the naturally occuring ones that are produced in the brain itself. Some people have more release mechanisms than other and have greater brain activity when they are released.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blackchipjim View Post
    There many endorphine releasing actions in the brain,one of which the high you may or may not experience in a big win. There are alot of chemical reactions that occur when a person either takes something to produce the release of dopamimes or the brain signals to release the naturally occuring ones that are produced in the brain itself. Some people have more release mechanisms than other and have greater brain activity when they are released.
    That occurs for many also when they read the Bible. zg
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    Quote Originally Posted by zengrifter View Post
    That occurs for many also when they read the Bible. zg
    Ahhh, apart from Aslan, you got any proof? Did you try reading Leviticus? Errrrgh...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Katweezel View Post
    Ahhh, apart from Aslan, you got any proof? Did you try reading Leviticus? Errrrgh...
    Gave me wood. zg
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    ..."They found that in the gambling experiment, blood flow to the brain changed in ways similar to that seen in other experiments during an infusion of cocaine in subjects addicted to that drug and to low doses of morphine in drug-free individuals.

    The changes varied in accordance with the amount of money involved, and a broadly distributed set of brain regions were involved in anticipating a win. The more money involved, the more excited the person became.
    .."

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    All "flow" is potentially addicting -

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