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Journal of gambling behavior

, Volume 3, Issue 4, pp 274-285

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Physiological factors as determinants of pathological gambling

  • Peter L. CarltonAffiliated withDepartment of Psychiatry, UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
  • , Paul ManowitzAffiliated withDepartment of Psychiatry, UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

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Abstract

Analyses of the etiology of pathological gambling have tended to emphasize psychosocial factors. Although these factors are undoubtedly of major significance in determining ultimate behavioral outcome, an emphasis on them should not obscure the possible role of other, biologically based determinants that may interact with the psychosocial. The plausibility of just such an interactive view is examined here by exploring specific biochemical hypotheses, their testability and their implications.