Petry and Madden contribute a revealing chapter on the relationship between discounting and pathological gambling to Madden and Bickel’s (2010) Impulsivity: The Behavioral and Neurological Science of Discounting. Within the chapter, the authors note the increased interest in the topic of delay discounting and gambling while presenting some obscurities in the existing body of literature further research will need to address, including the co-occurring role of substance abuse in pathological gamblers. Additionally, the chapter outlines theoretical interpretations of discounting as they relate to gambling behavior as well as highlights the need for further research in the area of probability discounting in this population. The present review provides a brief overview of all chapters in the book, critically evaluates Petry and Madden’s contribution, and argues that impulsivity as a variable in the analysis of gambling in general warrants conceptual clarification.
Nastally, Becky L. PhD, BCBA
"A Review of Petry & Madden’s Chapter Discounting and Pathological
Gambling in Impulsivity: The Behavioral and Neurological
Science of Discounting,"
Analysis of Gambling Behavior: Vol. 4
, Article 4.
Available at: https://repository.stcloudstate.edu/agb/vol4/iss2/4