The illusion of control is a phenomenon in which a gambler identifies his or her odds of winning as being more favorable than would be possible by chance— either through game/device choice or direct manipulation of the device or gamerelated objects (e.g., dice). To date, relatively little attention has been paid to the illusion of control in behavior analytic research on gambling. The authors’ aim is to provide researchers with a base from which to explore the illusion of control in slot machine gambling through analyzing two samples of college students and two samples of adults participants with respect to machine and casino characteristics.



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