At the press lunch launching the report, Barbara Dafoe Whitehead mentioned that the gambling machines, especially "the slots," have been designed to manipulate the gambler "by messing with your brain.".

Author:Mills, David
Position:WHILE WE'RE AT IT - Brief article
 
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At the press lunch launching the report, Barbara Dafoe Whitehead mentioned that the gambling machines, especially "the slots," have been designed to manipulate the gambler "by messing with your brain." She recommends Natasha Dow Schull's Addiction by Design, which (this is taken from the publisher's description) describes how the casino industry "pulls players into a trancelike state they call the 'machine zone.'"

Once they're in this zone, "gambling addicts play not to win but simply to keep playing, for as long as possible--even at the cost of physical and economic exhaustion.... Schull describes...

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