Neural and psychological underpinnings of gambling disorder: A review
Grant, Jon E
Odlaug, Brian L
Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry
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Grant, J. E., Odlaug, B. L., & Chamberlain, S. (2015). Neural and psychological underpinnings of gambling disorder: A review. Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry, 65 188-193. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pnpbp.2015.10.007
Gambling disorder affects 0.4 to 1.6% of adults worldwide, and is highly comorbid with other mental health disorders. This article provides a concise primer on the neural and psychological underpinnings of gambling disorder based on a selective review of the literature. Gambling disorder is associated with dysfunction across multiple cognitive domains which can be considered in terms of impulsivity and compulsivity. Neuroimaging data suggest structural and functional abnormalities of networks involved in reward processing and top-down control. Gambling disorder shows 50–60% heritability and it is likely that various neurochemical systems are implicated in the pathophysiology (including dopaminergic, glutamatergic, serotonergic, noradrenergic, and opioidergic). Elevated rates of certain personality traits (e.g. negative urgency, disinhibition), and personality disorders, are found. More research is required to evaluate whether cognitive dysfunction and personality aspects influence the longitudinal course and treatment outcome for gambling disorder. It is hoped that improved understanding of the biological and psychological components of gambling disorder, and their interactions, may lead to improved treatment approaches and raise the profile of this neglected condition.
Gambling, Cognition, Personality, Genetics, Imaging
This research was supported by a Center for Excellence in Gambling Research grant by the National Center for Responsible Gaming to Dr. Grant, and a research grant from the Trichotillomania Learning Center to Mr. Odlaug, and by a research grant from the Academy of Medical Sciences (UK) to Dr. Chamberlain.
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pnpbp.2015.10.007
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