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A rat gambling task has been designed by scientists to test the biology of addiction

This model system implicates serotonergic and dopaminergic neurotransmitter pathways and provides a potential route by which to develop therapeutics for the treatment of gambling addiction.

This study was conducted by Fiona Zeeb, Trevor Robbins and Catharine Winstanley and published in Neuropsychopharmacology on 17th June, 2009. Catharine Winstanley conducted her PhD research with Professor Trevor Robbins at Cambridge, before heading over to the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.

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Posted on 18/06/2009

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