Journal of Gambling Studies

, Volume 8, Issue 3, pp 235–244 | Cite as

Erroneous perceptions and arousal among regular and occasional video poker players

  • Andrée Coulombe
  • Robert Ladouceur
  • Raymond Desharnais
  • Jean Jobin


This study investigated the relationship between the level of arousal (Heart Rate) and the number of erroneous perceptions among video poker players. Twelve regular and twelve occasional gamblers participated in a gambling session conducted in a natural environment. It was hypothesised that 1) a significant positive correlation would be observed between arousal and the number of erroneous verbalizations, 2) regular players would show a higher level of arousal than occasional players, and 3) they would emit more erroneous verbalizations. Results showed that hypotheses one and three were confirmed. Theoretical and practical implications of these results for the psychology of gambling are discussed.


Heart Rate Natural Environment Significant Positive Correlation Practical Implication Poker Player 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrée Coulombe
    • 1
  • Robert Ladouceur
    • 1
  • Raymond Desharnais
    • 1
  • Jean Jobin
    • 1
  1. 1.École de PsychologieUniversité LavalSte-FoyCanada

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