Online and mobile games are hugely popular, and not just among kids; more than two-thirds of Australians play online games. But we are also a nation of gamblers, with Australians spending more on gambling than any other country in the world. So what happens when the boundary between games and gambling is blurred? Sally Gainsbury will discuss how gambling companies are using gaming features to keep gambling relevant to a new generation of consumers, and potentially putting gamers at risk of addiction.
Sally Gainsbury has over 10 years' experience conducting gambling research. Her research has focused on understanding the psychology of gambling to inform the development of responsible gambling strategies and harm minimisation policies. Sally was awarded an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Research Award (ARC DECRA) in 2016 and her research is now focusing on understanding the psychological processes behind online risk taking and the influence of social cues online.