Research interests:

Cognitive and neurobiological mechanisms involved in gambling behaviour and disordered gambling, with a particular focus on cognitive distortions including the illusion of control and the gambler’s fallacy; behavioural addictions; the neural, neurochemical and psychophysiological basis of human decision-making.

Clark L, Studer B, Bruss J, Tranel D, Bechara A. Damage to insula abolishes cognitive distortions during simulated gambling. Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA 2014, 111: 6098-6103.

Clark L, Liu R, McKavanagh R, Garrett A, Dunn BD, Aitken MRF. Learning from near-miss outcomes in simulated gambling. Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, 2013, 26: 442-450.

Porchet RI, Boekhoudt L, Studer B, Gandamaneni PK, Rani N, Binnamangala S, Müller U, Clark L. Opioidergic and dopaminergic manipulation of gambling tendencies: a preliminary study in male recreational gamblers. Frontiers in Behavioural Neuroscience, 2013 7: 138.

Clark L, Stokes PR, Wu K, Michalczuk R, Benecke A, Watson BJ, Egerton A, Piccini P, Nutt DJ, Bowden-Jones H, Lingford-Hughes AR. Striatal dopamine D2/D3 receptor binding in pathological gambling is correlated with mood-related impulsivity. NeuroImage, 2012, 63: 40-46.

Clark L, Li R, Wright CM, Rome F, Fairchild G, Dunn BD, Aitken MRF. Risk-avoidant decision-making induced by threat of electric shock. Psychophysiology, 2012, 49: 1436-1443.

Clark L, Crooks B, Clarke R, Aitken MRF, Dunn BD. Physiological responses to near-miss outcomes and personal control during simulated gambling. Journal of Gambling Studies, 2012, 28: 123-137.

Studer B, Apergis-Schoute A, Robbins TW, Clark L. What are the odds? The neural correlates of active choice during gambling. Frontiers in Neuroscience (Decision Neuroscience) 2012, 6: 46.

Billieux J, van der Linden M, Khazaal Y, Zullino D, Clark L. Trait gambling cognitions predict near-miss experiences and persistence in laboratory slot machine gambling. British Journal of Psychology 2012, 103: 412-427.

Chase H, Clark L. Gambling severity predicts midbrain response to near-miss outcomes. Journal of Neuroscience 2010, 30: 6180-6187.

Clark L, Lawrence AJ, Astley-Jones F, Gray N. Gambling near-misses enhance motivation to gamble and recruit win-related brain circuitry. Neuron 2009, 61: 481-490.

Winter 2018

PSYC101 Introduction to Biological and Cognitive Psychology Sections

Introduction to Methods and Statistics, Biopsychology, Learning, Perception, Memory, and Cognition. Credit will be granted for only one of PSYC 100 and PSYC 101.

Winter 2018

PSYC335 Gambling and Decision Making Sections

The psychology of gambling behaviour, with emphasis on relevant work from judgment and decision-making, the cognitive neuroscience of choice, and clinical perspectives on disordered gambling.