Why our obsession with happy endings can lead to bad decisions

Shakespeare was wrong when he wrote 'all's well that ends well'.

Martin D. Vestergaard, Computational Neuroscientist, University of Cambridge • conversation
Nov. 2, 2020 ~7 min

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Researchers to track impact of lockdown on alcohol, gambling and pornography use

Is the lockdown leading us to drink more alcohol or spend more time gambling online or watching pornography? Researchers today launch a survey aimed at tracking how our habits have changed in response to our forced isolation.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
May 12, 2020 ~2 min

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Gambling addict with brain injury spent £210,000

A brain-damaged man says he gambled £210,000 after being "failed" by addiction self-exclusion scheme.

By Rob Cave • bbcnews
Feb. 24, 2019 ~6 min


Gamblers predicted Brexit before financial traders, study finds

Research shows how financial markets should have predicted Brexit hours before they eventually did, and that betting markets beat currency markets to the result by an hour – producing a “close to risk-free” profit-making opportunity, according to economists.  

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Jan. 11, 2019 ~5 min

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How our gambling brains decide when to double down

When you're gambling and have to decide to go all in or fold, the two halves of your brain are locked in competition to make the call.

Chanapa Tantibanchachai-Johns Hopkins • futurity
Jan. 8, 2019 ~5 min

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Automated phone calls may help patients to take medicines as prescribed, pilot study suggests

Remembering to take medication is vital for managing long term health conditions such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, or multiple conditions. Latest research from the University of Cambridge suggests that using interactive voice response (IVR) technology supports patients to take their medicine as prescribed.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Jan. 7, 2019 ~5 min

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