UBC opens new Centre for Gambling Research

November 14, 2014

UBC officially opened its Centre for Gambling Research on Wednesday, reportedly one of just a small number of such research hubs in the world. The Centre will focus on helping problem gamblers as well as on gambling policy. It will include a “casino lab,” to be used to measure gamblers’ physiological responses to slot machines and other games; through a partnership with the UBC MRI Research Centre, researchers will study heart rates and brain responses of research subjects. The lab will help researchers identify motivations and mindsets that may be linked to problem gambling. The Centre’s Director, Luke Clark, said, “this facility will transform gambling research in British Columbia. Our work will help us better understand the psychology of gambling games and problem gambling, which will bolster UBC’s strengths in addictions research and ultimately result in healthier communities.” The Centre was made possible by $2 M in funding from the province and the BC Lottery Corporation (BCLC); it will operate completely independently from the BCLC. UBC News Release