NCBI ROFL: Never smile at a crocodile: betting on electronic gaming machines is intensified by reptile-induced arousal.

By ncbi rofl | December 6, 2010 7:00 pm

crocodile“Tourists at the Koorana Saltwater Crocodile Farm in Coowonga, Queensland, Australia, including 62 males and 41 females, aged 18-66 (M = 34.2, SD = 13.3), were randomly assigned to play a laptop-simulated Electronic Gaming Machine (EGM) either: (1) prior to entry, or (2) after having held a 1-m saltwater-crocodile. Gambling behavior; including bet-size, speed of betting, final payouts and trials played on the EGM; was investigated with respect to participants’ assigned arousal condition, problem-gambling status, and affective state. At-risk gamblers with few self-reported negative emotions placed higher average bets at the EGM after having held the crocodile when compared to the control. In contrast, at-risk gamblers with many self-reported negative emotions placed lower average bets at the EGM after having held the crocodile. The results suggest that high arousal can intensify gambling in at-risk players, but only if this feeling state is not perceived as a negative emotion.”

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Photo: flickr/Tambako the Jaguar

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  • http://spreadbettingcompanies.com/ gian carlo @financial spread betting

    I don’t understand what is the connection of holding the marine crocodile before playing games or gambling games : _ (

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