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ERIC Number: EJ913937
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Feb
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 16
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1557-1874
What Does a Random Line Look Like: An Experimental Study
Turner, Nigel E.; Liu, Eleanor; Toneatto, Tony
International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, v9 n1 p60-71 Feb 2011
The study examined the perception of random lines by people with gambling problems compared to people without gambling problems. The sample consisted of 67 probable pathological gamblers and 46 people without gambling problems. Participants completed a number of questionnaires about their gambling and were then presented with a series of random and non-random lines. The participants rated lines as random if the pattern stayed near zero (the middle of the screen) and did not form anything that resembled waves. The probable pathological gamblers rated 2 of the patterns ("jumps", and "multi-wave") as significantly less random than non-problem gamblers. They also rated random lines significantly less random than the non-problem gamblers. That is, they seem to be able to find patterns both when they are really there and when they only appear to be there as in the case of random drift.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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