Journal of gambling behavior

, Volume 3, Issue 4, pp 274–285

Physiological factors as determinants of pathological gambling

  • Peter L. Carlton
  • Paul Manowitz

DOI: 10.1007/BF01019887

Cite this article as:
Carlton, P.L. & Manowitz, P. J Gambling Stud (1988) 3: 274. doi:10.1007/BF01019887


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.

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© Human Sciences Press 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter L. Carlton
    • 1
  • Paul Manowitz
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical SchoolPiscataway

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