Gambling Fallacies: The role of false beliefs in the development and maintenance of problematic gambling

Wednesday 27th April 2022 – 18:00
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Date: Wednesday 27th April
Time: 18:00 – 19:30
Location: Conference Hall, Europa Point Campus

Join us on campus for a public lecture delivered by the University of Gibraltar’s Centre of Excellence in Responsible Gaming. This lecture, titled ‘Gambling Fallacies: The role of false beliefs in the development and maintenance of problematic gambling’, will be presented by Dr Carrie Shaw PhD, Senior Researcher at the Centre of Excellence in Responsible Gaming.


The mechanisms that allow people to think logically are prone to error. These cognitive errors can lead people to make illogical decisions, and in some cases, can lead individuals form false beliefs. While some of these beliefs may be harmless, others can have serious repercussions. Gambling fallacies are a collection of false beliefs about how gambling works, that stem from gambling-specific forms of these cognitive errors. The cognitive model of disordered gambling states that gambling fallacies are the primary force in the development and maintenance of gambling disorder. This supposition has led to the inclusion of cognitive interventions in most treatments for gambling disorder. This talk will present an examination of gambling fallacies and their relationship to gambling and disordered gambling.


Dr Carrie Shaw is a senior researcher at the Centre of Excellence in Responsible Gaming, University of Gibraltar. She obtained her B.A., Hon. in psychology in 2012 from Mount Royal University in Canada after which she completed her graduate work at the University of Lethbridge. There she earned her MSc in psychology in 2014 and her PhD in 2018. Her dissertation examined susceptibility to erroneous beliefs and the outcomes associated with these beliefs – including problem gambling – as well as interventions designed to prevent and correct erroneous beliefs. She joined the CERG in 2021 after a three-year postdoc appointment working as the project manager for the Alberta Gambling Research Institute’s National Project, a study of gambling and problem gambling in Canada.


Originally scheduled for Wednesday 20th April 2022, this lecture was postponed to Wednesday 27th April 2022. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

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