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Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, v43 n1 p125-129 Spr 2010

Pathological and nonpathological gamblers completed a task that assessed preference among 2 concurrently available slot machines. Subsequent assessments of choice were conducted after various attempts to transfer contextual functions associated with irrelevant characteristics of the slot machines. Results indicated that the nonproblem gambling group, but not the problem gambling group, increased their responding toward the slot initially trained as greater than following the initial training procedure, then decreased their responding toward that slot following the reversal phase. (Contains 1 figure.)

Descriptors: Addictive Behavior, Recreational Activities, Adults, Context Effect, Selection, Equipment, Games, Responses

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Autor: Nastally, Becky L.; Dixon, Mark R.; Jackson, James W.


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