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How does a gambling addiction affect the release of neurotra

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chloe nickel

on 27 February 2017

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How does a gambling addiction affect the release of neurotransmitters in the brain?
How Gambling Affects the Brain
Why is there a need to stimulate the reward system?
Studies have shown that people prone to addiction, (such as to gambling), have an underactive brain reward system, and thus find the need to stimulate the reward system in other ways... hence the frequent need to feel the rush of a win!
Individuals suffering from a gambling addiction will demonstrate abnormal changes in emotion, such as milder feelings of euphoria compared to others, and lacking in control, motivation and responses to pain and stress.
YES! Gambling DOES show physical changes in the brain!
Addictions and the Brain
An addiction is triggered by a biological alteration in the brain. An addiction to gambling activates the reward system in the brain. The ventral striatum is located inside of the brain and is the brains reward center, it deals with reward processing in addition to drug abuse.
By Chloe and Amany
Gambling primarily affects the limbic, or reward system of the brain.
Ventral Striatum
Limbic System
An addiction to gambling causes a constant frantic need for the rush of a win, which triggers the limbic and ventral striatum systems to flood with dopamine. It isn't the reward itself that gamblers become addicted to, rather than the rush of winning. HOWEVER, gambling is classified as a behavioral addiction, as there are no added chemicals to alter the chemistry in the brain.
Understanding emotional changes
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