Why Gamblers Get High Even When They Lose

Why do gamblers get high even when they lose? According to psychologist Mark Griffiths, the brain’s reward system is influenced by the amount of money a person wins, or loses. In most addictions, the reward system involves the feeling of pleasure, or getting “high” – the sense of escaping reality or discovering something else. Gamblers, on the other hand, are searching for a new experience – the pain of losing or proving themselves worthless. However, in most cases, they do not lose. Researchers have found that the brain responds differently…

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