• Project description


    Non-mathematical dimensions of randomness: Implications for problem gambling

    - research article -

    Randomness, a core concept of gambling, is seen in problem gambling as responsible for the formation of the math-related cognitive distortions, especially the Gambler's Fallacy. In problem-gambling research, the concept of randomness was traditionally referred to as having a mathematical nature, and categorized and approached as such. Randomness is not a mathematical concept, and I argue that its weak mathematical dimension is not decisive at all for the randomness-related issues in gambling and problem gambling, including the correction of the misconceptions and fallacies about probability and statistical concepts applied in gambling. I distinguish between mathematical and non-mathematical dimensions of randomness (the epistemic, the theoretical-methodological, the functional, and the ethical) falling within the general concept, and I argue that both the studies having as object the math-related cognitive distortions among gamblers and the educational programs aiming at correcting them should employ this distinction in their design and content.

    Keywords: randomness; gambler's fallacy; gambling mathematics; gambling cognitive distortions; epistemology of gambling mathematics.

  • Author

    Dr. Catalin Barboianu (Applied mathematics, Epistemology of Mathematics, Mathematical Cognition, Problem Gambling)

  • Published research


  • Related programs

    Problem-gambling mathematics counseling


Click here to go to projects page »