Gambling addicts' impulsive behaviour may be ingrained in their DNA, a study has suggested. Psychologists from the University of British Colombia, Canada, have found siblings of problem gamblers show a similar propensity to take risks. The findings suggest endless hours in casinos do not cultivate impulsive and risk-taking traits, but rather they are already in your genes. But the team said the causes of gambling could also stem from one's upbringing, which siblings too both have in common. Psychologists from the University of British Colombia, Canada, have found that siblings of problem gamblers show a similar propensity to take risks if put into a slot machine-type environment (file photo) Dr Eve Limbrick-Oldfield and team set out to solve the 'chicken or the egg' mystery of whether problem addiction is a cause or effect of gambling. She said: 'Impulsivity, risky decision-making and altered brain reward processing are observed in people with gambling disorder. 'We wanted … [Read more...] about Is being a gambling addict in your GENES? Scientists discover siblings of adults hooked to betting machines are also more prone to risk-taking
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When the Premier League resumes at the weekend all eyes will be on Old Trafford to see whether Manchester United can become the first team to take points off Liverpool. On the face of it such an outcome seems unlikely, even if derbies often have a life of their own. United have been terrible in the last few weeks, leading to fevered speculation over Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s future and the wisdom of appointing him in the first place, while Liverpool have sailed on so serenely that Jürgen Klopp’s team building and tactics are now attracting more attention than Pep Guardiola’s at Manchester City. As a long-established football cliché would have it City are looking for a favour from United on Sunday, in which case they might be looking in entirely the wrong place. United are struggling to do themselves any favours at the moment, and after City’s second defeat of the season arrived at the hands of Wolves the defending champions have yet to prove they are … [Read more...] about Liverpool stride out of City’s shadow but can they win from the front?
The Rugby World Cup has exploded into life after Japan produced one of the greatest sporting upsets of all time, beating the two-time champions South Africa with the last move of the match. Prior to kick-off Zimbabwe had been the only side the Cherry Blossoms had beaten in the tournament’s history, at the second World Cup in 1991, yet anyone expecting them to wilt in the face of a mighty Springbok side boasting 851 caps between them was in for a shock. Coached by Eddie Jones, who was part of the Springboks’ staff during their 2007 triumph, Japan more than matched their illustrious opponents all over the pitch. Twice in the dying minutes, trailing by three points, they had the chance to secure a famous draw and twice they refused, choosing to go for glory instead. Four minutes into injury time they finally achieved it, as replacement wing Karne Hesketh dived into the corner to earn a stunning 34-32 victory. Sir Clive Woodward, former England player and coach, afterwards … [Read more...] about Rugby World Cup opens with biggest shock in game’s history
Carli Lloyd’s well-publicized visit with the Philadelphia Eagles wasn’t her first appearance at an NFL training camp, but this one ended with a Hall of Fame executive advising teams to give her a tryout. The footage of Lloyd, a two-time Fifa player of the year, booting 55-yard field goals reignited the discussion of whether a woman will appear in an NFL game. Lloyd’s visit to Houston Texans in 2015 garnered headlines for a humorous kicking competition against defensive tackle Vince Wilfork. Last week, her seamless execution of long-range field goals during a joint practice between the Eagles and Baltimore Ravens triggered the conversation that her Hard Knocks cameo didn’t. The spark came from NFL Hall of Fame executive Gil Brandt. To Brandt and Tucker, Lloyd has the physical capabilities to kick in the NFL. Women have earned college scholarships to kick, scored points in college and professional games and even broken into professional coaching ranks. So what … [Read more...] about Will Carli Lloyd open the door for the NFL’s first female player?
The Japanese equivalent of deja vu is called kishikan and there is plenty of it in the air following the announcement of the England team to face Australia in Saturday’s World Cup quarter-final. Suddenly it is 2015 all over again, with George Ford ousted from the No 10 shirt on the eve of a defining game. English rugby, for better or worse, has lurched back to the future. It is a huge call in anyone’s language on the eve of the squad’s biggest game for four years. Ford has been his side’s best player in Japan to date: alert, deft, skilful and smart. Owen Farrell, by contrast, has not been nearly as influential at 12. So how has Eddie Jones reacted? By picking Farrell at 10 and redeploying a “disappointed” (Jones’s word) Ford on the bench. If England win – as they have their last six Test meetings against Australia in the Jones era – it will be seen as a masterstroke. If not, Jones will be remembered as the obsessive tinkerman who … [Read more...] about England lurch back to the future as Eddie Jones gambles on Owen Farrell