Mark Griffiths

Dr Mark Griffiths is a Professor of Gambling Studies at Nottingham Trent University (Director of the International Gaming Research Unit) and blogs here http://drmarkgriffiths.wordpress.com/

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Charlie Charlie Challenge: Should parents worry about their children playing supernatural games?

A case of ghost modernism - but can it do any harm?

Why would anyone want to have sex with an animal? The psychology of bestiality

It's still legal in a surprising number of places around the world

Video game bans: the debate about guns, GTA, and real-life violence

Can video games make us more violent or do some players who are predisposed towards aggression seek out certain games?

What drives people to torture animals?

When the science of behavioural profiling began to emerge in the 1970s, one of the most consistent findings reported by the FBI was that childhood animal cruelty was a common behaviour among serial murderers and rapists

Police collect evidence at the scene of a shooting on 23 June 2013 in Chicago, Illinois

Hong Kong murders: The psychology of copycat crime

Psychologists have suggested that by committing heinous crimes, copycat killers believe they may end up being the subject of a book or film themselves

Dale Bolinger arranged to meet the girl via a fetish website

What is sexual cannibalism?

What are the different types of behaviour for these people normally considered to be sociopaths?

Casinos on a plane? Fine, as long as it's responsible

As plans for in-flight casinos are being made, passengers are clearly the perfect audience.

Letter: Bingo could become a forum for real gamblers

BINGO is a controlled, low-stake form of gaming conducted in a social environment but that could change dramatically over the next ten years ("Bingo, the new rock'n'roll", 26 April). Clubs are trying hard to increase the numbers of male players and decrease their average age and to do this they have to change; to move toward a more interactive and technologically- driven form of the game which will change its soft nature. Allowing bingo to advertise on television and radio could also increase the number of problem gamblers. Further deregulation must take this into account.
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