The Cognitive Control in Gambling Disorder Project

Do you gamble regularly?

If so, then we’d love to hear from you!

We are conducting a study on thinking styles and the ability to control one’s behaviour in people who do and do not gamble. We plan to relate responses on computer-based testing tasks to responses in the brain to better understand individual differences in gambling experience.

What does the study involve?

To begin, you will first be asked to fill in some questionnaires about your experiences of gambling and your personality characteristics. Most people have gambled at some point during their lives (e.g., buying scratch cards, playing cards for money with friends or playing bingo). These will be done via email.

Then you will be invited to come to Swansea University when it suits you. There you will be asked to do some more assessments, which will take about 60 minutes. Thereafter you will be asked to take part in some computer-based tasks. Full instructions of each task will appear on the computer screen before you start, your role is to follow these instructions as best as you can. The tasks will be conducted outside the scanner, in the testing room, and will take no more than 60 minutes. You can take a break as often as you like between the tasks.

After doing the computer tasks, you will be asked to participate in the MRI part of the study. Here, it is important that you lie very still while we take some scans of your brain. You can view some of the pictures we take afterwards. This part will take about 40 minutes.

At the end of the testing session, you will be reimbursed for your time with a £30 in shopping vouchers.

Interested? Please contact Kathrin Weidacker by email ( or by telephone (01792 295081) if you would to find out more about the study.

All responses will be treated as strictly confidential and your anonymity is guaranteed throughout.

This project is funded by a Seed Grant from the National Centre for Responsible Gaming