The physiology of betting

Before going into detail, it is useful to explain the phenomena involved in addiction, pathological betting, and here you must make a short introduction on the neurotransmitters involved, specifically, even in this form of addiction.

In our body, in fact, the nerve impulse is possible for the presence of these substances can create the connection between two different neural structures. The best known are the neurotransmitters, acetylcholine, noradrenaline, dopamine, serotonin.

When in the synapses, which are the intervening space between two nerve cells, comes the urge appropriate, are issued neutrosmettitori that you go to where it is needed to fix the stress of a particular function, eg, the secretion of the glands; paid its function, the neurotransmitter is degraded by specific enzymes. Since neurotransmitters are also involved in the delicate mechanism that regulates pleasure, even physical, in the pathological gambler, betting, to get into the game would be at least three substances involved in the phenomenon:

  • noradrenaline, attributed the attitude of the individual to adapt the situation in each proposal,
  • serotonin, responsible for not being able to do without the game, without suffering, given the position offered from this substance
  • dopamine, which would be implicated in addiction to gambling, including involvement of the limbic system, the part of the nervous system deputy elaboration of emotions and that becomes part of the memory, evoking emotions in it

The malfunction of this system would go into motion by altering the ” reward system ” raison therefore, the pathological gambler is unable to get pleasure if not with emotions above a certain threshold, or strong emotions, such as the risk of losing assets or hope to win it.

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