Nottingham Trent University

Research into digital technology and gambling addiction

Mark Griffiths, Distinguished Professor of Behavioural Addiction at Nottingham Trent University, is conducting important research into technology addiction. He and his team are exploring the underlying factors that contribute to some people – and not others – developing psychological and behavioural dependencies in relation to gaming, gambling, social media and the internet. He has developed psychometric tools to assess problematic and addictive behaviours and designed prevention strategies to minimise risk to vulnerable people specifically.

GAM-GaRD, one of the tools co-developed by Professor Griffiths to reduce the risk of developing gambling problems, is now used by more than 30 major gambling companies and regulators worldwide. His work has led to 'video-gaming addiction' being recognised as a genuine disorder by the World Health Organisation.

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