We often assume that individuals with Gambling Disorder have trouble regulating their impulsive behavior. However, impulsivity is a multi-faceted skill, and we don’t know what specific parts of impulsivity might be impaired in Gambling Disorder or whether these impairments extend to people who struggle to manage their gambling but don’t meet diagnostic criteria for Gambling Disorder (i.e., people with problem gambling). This week, The WAGER reviews a meta-analysis by Konstantinos Ioannidis and colleagues investigating the relationship between various domains of impulsivity and Gambling Disorder.
What was the research question?
Are Gambling Disorder and problem gambling related to dysfunctions in the cognitive domains that regulate impulsiveness?