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New Study to Measure the Effect of Ketamine on Gambling Behaviours

Researchers at the University of Exeter are studying ketamine's effect on memory to determine whether it can be used to reduce the positive reinforcement linked to gambling addictions while simultaneously decreasing the drive to bet.

New Study to Measure the Effect of Ketamine on Gambling Behaviours
New Study to Measure the Effect of Ketamine on Gambling Behaviours

Participants are needed for a new study examining how ketamine affects gambling addictions. Researchers at the University of Exeter are studying ketamine's effect on memory to determine whether it can be used to reduce the positive reinforcement linked to gambling addictions while simultaneously decreasing the drive to bet. Celia Morgan, a renowned professor of psychopharmacology whose work focuses on analysing both the positive and negative impacts of recreational drugs on cognition, mental health, and neurobiology, will head the study.

Professor Morgan said:

"The study is the first of its kind in the world. Gambling problems devastate lives, and we urgently need new treatments. "We feel privileged to be running this innovative and important study at the University of Exeter and hope this may eventually lead to new treatment options for people struggling with gambling problems."  

Researchers are learning more about memory processes and how they enable individuals to react to incentives like food, cash, and medicines. They aim to examine the significance of these memories for those who use drugs and alcohol or engage in other hazardous behaviours like gambling. The study aims to investigate people's memories of money and see if they can be changed by administering small ketamine.

This anaesthetic blocks a receptor essential for memory and learning. Study individuals must be regular gamblers over 18 and speak English fluently. Before the trial, volunteers will undergo a screening process to determine their eligibility, including health-related questionnaires and physical exams, including taking their blood pressure. The project will involve volunteers for 30 days, and they will receive vouchers for their participation. 

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