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The Psychology of Gambling


Four in five Americans say they have gambled at least once in their lives. Almost every state in the country offers some form of legalized gambling. Once thought of as a compulsion rather than an addiction, research in the past two decades has dramatically improved neuroscience's working model of how the brain changes when an addiction develops. 

Psychiatrists Dr. Jonathan Schwartz and Dr. Marc Whaley, and psychiatrist Dr. Michael Abruzzese, join host Mindy Todd in The Point studio to discuss the topic.

Mindy Todd is the host and producer of The Point on WCAI which examines critical issues for Cape Cod and the Islands. She brings more than 30 years of experience in radio and television to WCAI.