Onsider the relative contribution of classical and operatn conditioning to problem gambling

Essay Brief as per course outline
When it comes to gambling, the odds are generally not stacked in your favour.Despite this, some people find it very difficult to stop. Consider the relative contribution of classical and operant conditioning to problem gambling.

Essay Plan
Title: When it comes to gambling, when you lose you lose, when you win you lose: The relative contribution of classical and operant conditioning to problem gambling.

Gambling is a complex issue with many theoretical approaches. Blaszczynski and Nower (2002) define gambling to be a heterogeneous and multidimensional disorder that is influenced by biological, psychological and ecological factors no single theoretical model that adequately explains the multiple dimensions of gambling.

Body of essay
” What is problem gambling?

” How does gambling become a problem?

” What is classical conditioning?

” What is operant conditioning?

” How are certain behaviours reinforced and diminished?

” Principles of classical and operant conditioning that apply to gambling  reinforcement schedules  fixed, variable ratios, partial reinforcement extinction effect
” Other approaches/contributions to problem gambling
” Research on gambling  theoretical and treatment for problem gambling  unified or multi-dimensional? What does the research say on  what works ?
” Treatment of problem gambling using principles of classical and operant conditioning -aversion therapy for management of addictions
” Discuss relative contributions of classical and operant conditioning in addressing gambling
Conclusion
Restatement of argument no single theoretical model that adequately explains the multiple dimensions of gambling.
References

Blaszczynski, A., & Nower, L. (2002) A pathways model of problem and pathological gambling. Addiction, 97, 487-499.

The essay needs to have an Abstract no more than 120 words and the total essay is 2,000 words