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Jonathan St. B. T. Evans & Kenny Coventry

In: Handbook of Implicit Cognition and Addiction

Chapter 3: A Dual-Process Approach to Behavioral Addiction: The Case of Gambling

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A Dual-Process Approach to Behavioral Addiction: The Case of Gambling
A dual-process approach to behavioral addiction: The case of gambling

Abstract: In this chapter, we explore the relevance of the dual-process theory of thinking and reasoning (Evans, 2003) to the understanding of behavioral addictions, with particular reference to gambling behavior. It is clear that such addictions may reflect a process of implicit learning resulting in compulsive and apparently irrational behavior that may conflict with the individual's consciously expressed beliefs and desires. Our purpose here is to examine the detailed theoretical proposals of cognitive researchers about the nature of the underlying cognitive systems to provide a stronger understanding of how such dissociation and conflict may come about. We illustrate the relevance of this theoretical system to behavioral ...

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