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Mark Griffiths - Behavioural Addiction: A brief personal overview

Date: 11th of May 2017. 4 pm.
Location: Eötvös Loránd University, Faculty of Education and Psychology (ELTE PPK)  23-27 Kazinczy street, 1075 Budapest, Aula
Abstract of the lecture: 
Behavioural addiction has become a topic of increasing research interest. There is now a growing movement that views a number of behaviours as potentially addictive including many that do not involve the ingestion of a drug (such as gambling, sex, exercise, work, videogame playing and social networking). The last decade has witnessed a significant increase in the number of empirical studies examining various aspects of behavioural addiction and video game addiction. This presentation begins with a brief past history of how research into behavioural addiction has changed over the last few decades. This presentation argues that all addictions consist of a number of distinct common components (salience, mood modification, tolerance, withdrawal, conflict and relapse). The presentation argues that addictions are a part of a biopsychosocial process and evidence is growing that excessive behaviours of all types do seem to have many commonalities. It is argued that an eclectic approach to the studying of addictive behaviour appears to be the most pragmatic way forward in the field. Such commonalities may have implications not only for treatment of such behaviours but also for how the general public perceive such behaviours. The presentation concludes by looking at the trends in the field and a somewhat speculative examination of what the future of behavioural addiction might be.
Brief Biography:
Dr. Mark Griffiths is a Chartered Psychologist and Professor of Gambling Studies at the Nottingham Trent University, and Director of the International Gaming Research Unit. He has spent 30 years in the field is internationally known for his work into gaming and gambling. He has published over 620 refereed research papers, five books, 150 book chapters, and over 1500 other articles. He has won 18 national and international awards for his work including the John Rosecrance Prize (1994), CELEJ Prize (1998), Joseph Lister Prize (2004) and the US National Council on Problem Gambling Lifetime Research Award (2013). He also does a lot of freelance journalism and has appeared on over 3000 radio and television programs.

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