The Cambridge-University of Nottingham Experiment

At one time, scientists from these universities also studied the behavior of players, conducting a series of practical experiments. On the agenda is the deep conviction of a particular category of players that games that obey a purely probability theory require certain skills from the players.

As it seems to the person, he was as close as possible to success and, despite the fact that very little was enough to win, the game must be continued, because “a start has been made” and the chosen strategy of actions must be adhered to. But, according to the theory of probability, the results of the previous hand or spin cannot be applied in relation to the next game session.

Scientists recruited a group of participants in the experiment who did not suffer from the problem of gambling addiction. The subjects included women and men who had to place bets, take part in raffles, play slots, and play scratch cards.

During the game, the subjects were connected to special systems that allowed them to scan the activity of the brain. The results were amazing – even people who had never visited a casino reacted extremely animatedly to unsuccessful rounds, and there was even a tendency that if the game was at higher stakes with higher risks, luck would turn its face.

Scientists have found that players are very pleased with these “almost wins”, they are ready to continue the game at any cost. Despite the fact that the “blow” was “off target,” people think that this is the same “bell”, a signal that you are improving your own skills.

You don’t need any skills on roulette and the slot, a seasoned professional and a beginner who visited the casino for the first time will have the same chances of winning, and “almost won” will not have any effect on the next gaming session.

And the results were no different from the previous experiment we described – the closeness to success, “almost a win” affected individual parts of the brain, which, in one way or another, are related to reward. For gamblers, these will be activated much more strongly than, for example, for a person who has no experience of playing in a casino.

But scientists from the Donders Institute have formed a simpler explanation of this phenomenon. In an ordinary situation, in everyday life, mistakes close to the goal indicate that this time the person is not ready yet, but he is on the right path and training will bring success. When faced with setbacks, the player becomes inflamed and stimulates himself to keep making efforts.

A similar situation with casinos, with the exception of one important point – there is no place for any regularities and the very situation when a person “almost won” has nothing to do with other aspects of real life (for example, he almost reached the finish line in the indicated period).

The best way to prevent harmful consequences is after you “almost got the jackpot”, but one desired object did not fall on the machine, forget about this annoying incident and remain sober.

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