International Center for Responsible Gaming

The International Center for Responsible Gaming (ICRG) is the world’s preeminent organization dedicated to scientific research on gambling disorder and evidence-based educational programming. The ICRG’s mission is to help individuals and families affected by gambling disorder through the highest quality research and education. Nearly $40 million has been committed to the ICRG through contributions from the casino gaming industry, equipment manufacturers, vendors, related organizations, and individuals.

ICRG Conference on Gambling and Addiction

Pharmacotherapy Treatment of Gambling Disorder

August 18, 2021 2:00 PM EDT
Speaker: Marc N. Potenza, MD, PhD, Yale University School of Medicine

Gambling disorder, previously termed pathological gambling, has been recognized as a formal disorder in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual since 1980. Currently, behavioral therapies and self-help groups like Gamblers Anonymous are the main treatment/intervention approaches utilized. While multiple medications have been tested in clinical trials for their efficacy and tolerability in the treatment of gambling disorder, no drug has an FDA indication for treating the condition. Data suggest that the vast majority of individuals with gambling disorder (more than 95%) have one or more co-occurring psychiatric disorder. As such, in clinical practice, selection of the most appropriate medication for treating individuals may be guided by co-occurring disorders. Data suggest that targeting these co-occurring disorders may bring benefits in both the co-occurring and gambling domains. In this webinar, a current understanding of the data supporting the use of medications in the treatment of people with gambling disorder will be presented.

Who’s Responsible For Responsible Gambling?

September 21, 2021 2:00 PM EDT
Speaker: Heather Gray, PhD, Harvard Medical School

Academics, gambling regulators, and the gambling industry increasingly espouse a shared responsibility view of preventing gambling harm. This view considers individual gamblers and external stakeholders, such as casino employees, to be jointly responsible for minimizing gambling harm. But do individual gamblers share this view? This presentation will review three years of cross-sectional surveys with participants sampled from the (MGM) MLife customer loyalty program database. In the most recent survey, fielded in January 2020 with 4,336 MLife subscribers, we observed that most participants only held individual gamblers responsible for helping prevent gambling harm. Put another way, most participants held a purely internal responsibility viewpoint. However, those who screened positive on the Brief Biosocial Gambling Screen (BBGS) were more likely than those who screened negative to hold a shared responsibility viewpoint and holding a diffuse sense of responsibility for minimizing gambling harm predicted BBGS status over and above traditional individual-level risk factors. These findings echo the previous two years of survey findings with largely non-overlapping samples. Additionally, for the first time, we observed that those who screened positive on the BBGS were more likely than their counterparts to deny personal responsibility for minimizing gambling harm to individual gamblers; that is, they were more likely to hold a purely external responsibility viewpoint. This webinar will discuss implications of these findings for health promotion and best practices for message design in responsible gambling programs.

Loss Chasing in Gambling Disorder - Clinical, Behavioral, and Data Science Perspectives

October 28, 2021 2:00 PM EDT
Speaker: Luke Clark, PhD, University of British Columbia

Loss chasing is a diagnostic item for Gambling Disorder and is present in many screening instruments for problem gambling. It is often discussed as a defining feature for differentiating disordered gambling from recreational gambling. But loss chasing can also be expressed in many ways, both within and between gambling episodes, and this creates an obstacle for understanding the ‘centrality’ of loss chasing. This talk will summarize three lines of research characterizing loss chasing on laboratory tasks, in authentic slot machines, and in online behavioral tracking data, in order to better establish the psychological underpinnings of this symptom.

ICRG Webinar Recordings

What’s in a Name? Evaluating the Public Stigma of Gambling Disorder

June 15, 2021 2:00 PM EDT
Speaker: Dr. Leanne Quigley, Assistant Professor, Yeshiva University

Public stigma of gambling disorder has negative effects on the mental health and functioning of affected individuals and impedes treatment-seeking. One factor thought to be implicated in stigma is the label used to describe the condition. The aims of Dr. Quigley’s research were to: (1) evaluate whether different labels for problematic gambling behavior influence public stigma; and (2) compare public stigma of gambling disorder to other health conditions.

The Psychological Science of Forgiveness - What Is It and When Should It be Offered (To Others and the Self)?

May 19, 2021 2:00 PM EDT
Speaker: Dr. Michael J. A. Wohl, Professor and Graduate Chair, Carleton University

Who hasn't been hurt by the actions of others, or inflicted harm on the self? Perhaps a colleague sabotaged a project. Maybe you've had a traumatic experience perpetrated by a close other. Or you may be feeling intense guilt for engaging in addictive behavior. These wounds can leave you with lasting feelings of anger and bitterness that can beget more pain and suffering. Of course, an alternative is to forgive—to let go of your negative thoughts and feelings. In fact, we are often implored or even pressured to do so. We are told forgiveness isn’t only the “nice thing to do” but “the right thing to do”. During this conversation, we will discuss what forgiveness is from a psychological perspective. We will also gain a better understanding of when and why research suggests forgiveness of others and the self can be a real change agent, but also when it can undermine health and well-being.

If you have questions for the International Center for Responsible Gaming, please contact:

Christine Reilly
Senior Research Director, ICRG

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Korbi Carrison
Event Director,  G2E