2015 Keynote Speakers
Kristen Berman - Founder, Irrational Labs, San Francisco, USA
The Behavioural Science Behind Addictions and Proposals for Prevention
Behavioral economics is the study of why we do the things we do. By understanding the cognitive biases that rule our minds while in a casino we will all be better equipped to have a conversation about prevention strategies.
Some describe gamblers as living for today at the expense of tomorrow. Ms. Berman will discuss why this is and what's fuelling the addiction – is it hyperbolic discounting, loss aversion, variable rewards, regret lotteries, win/loss sequencing or other reasons? More importantly, given that we understand the gambler's mindset, how can we prevent a potential addiction or stop a current one? Additionally, how can we design a system that addresses the mindset of potential addictive gamblers and current addictive gamblers?
Attendees will gain a better understanding of why casinos are so addicting and come away with broad themes for addressing addiction and very tangible prevention proposals.
JP Girard, Sara Marchese
The Gaming Industry: A Strategic Plan for Mitigating Gambling-Related Harm & Enhancing Employee and Workplace Wellness (slide presentation)
David Excell, Heather Wardle
Dr. Sally Gainsbury
Paul Pellizzari, Stanley Sadinsky, Keith Whyte, Jennifer Keim
The Great Debate, Be it Resolved: “That gambling providers should do more to prevent problem gambling.” (watch the video)
Dr. Michael Wohl
Dr. Irwin Cohen
Dr. Bo Bernhard, Dr. Kahlil Philander
Dr. Richard Wood
Dr. Jessalynn Strauss
Amanda McCormick, Dr. Luke Clark, Dr. Irwin Cohen
UBC Study Player Behaviour and Awareness of Responsible Gambling (watch video)
Peter Filice, Janine Robinson
Raising the Bar on RG Training: From Awareness to Recognition and Response