A Behavioral Scientist’s Guide to (Not) Betting on the 2018 World Cup On Thursday the 2018 FIFA World Cup, a monthlong competition featuring men’s soccer teams from 32 nations, kicks off when the hosts, Russia, face Saudi Arabia. The World … Continue reading Tips for bettors
Gambling is a feature of capitalism—not a bug In a modern capitalist economy, almost everything is for sale, including risks. Markets can transfer known risks to people or institutions who can handle the risk more effectively. The cost of rebuilding … Continue reading Why people trade risk
Why football bets are far more profitable to bookmakers than gambling machines When the government completes its review of the gambling sector in the coming weeks, a clampdown on fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) looks to be on the cards. … Continue reading The house always wins
How Casinos Enable Gambling Addicts On the morning of Monday, August 13, 2012, Scott Stevens loaded a brown hunting bag into his Jeep Grand Cherokee, then went to the master bedroom, where he hugged Stacy, his wife of 23 years. … Continue reading Is gambling becoming more addictive?
Gambling on limited information: our visual system and probabilistic inference Imagine walking along in the African savanna. Suddenly you notice a moving bush partially obscuring a large yellow object. From this limited information, you need to figure out if you’re … Continue reading How visual system works
Behavioral Addictions: A Dangerous and Slippery Slope A seemingly small and barely noticed organizational change in DSM-5 disguises what is really a giant conceptual leap—one that may eventually cause large and harmful unintended consequences. In DSM IV, the section covering … Continue reading What are the boundaries of addiction?
How the Daily Fantasy Sports Industry Turns Fans Into Suckers Full disclosure: I am a 36-year-old dude who bores easily, drinks I.P.A.s and wears sports-themed T-shirts, especially ones with faded, nostalgic logos that suggest better times. In my early 20s, … Continue reading Obsessed for playing daily fantasy sports