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Dezza, Irene Cogliati and Noel, Xavier and Cleeremans, Axel and Yu, Angela J (2021) Distinct motivations to seek out information in healthy individuals and problem gamblers. Translational Psychiatry, 11, p. 408. doi: 10.1038/s41398-021-01523-3.

External website: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41398-021-01523-3

As massive amounts of information are becoming available to people, understanding the mechanisms underlying information-seeking is more pertinent today than ever. In this study, we investigate the underlying motivations to seek out information in healthy and addicted individuals. We developed a novel decision-making task and a novel computational model which allows dissociating the relative contribution of two motivating factors to seek out information: a desire for novelty and a general desire for knowledge.

To investigate whether/how the motivations to seek out information vary between healthy and addicted individuals, in addition to healthy controls we included a sample of individuals with gambling disorder-a form of addiction without the confound of substance consumption and characterized by compulsive gambling. Our results indicate that healthy subjects and problem gamblers adopt distinct information-seeking "modes". Healthy information-seeking behavior was mostly motivated by a desire for novelty. Problem gamblers, on the contrary, displayed reduced novelty-seeking and an increased desire for accumulating knowledge compared to healthy controls. Our findings not only shed new light on the motivations driving healthy and addicted individuals to seek out information, but they also have important implications for the treatment and diagnosis of behavioral addiction.

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Publication Type
International, Open Access, Article
Drug Type
Behavioural addiction
26 July 2021
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doi: 10.1038/s41398-021-01523-3
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p. 408
Nature Publishing Group

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