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APRIL 18-20, 2017
Toronto Marriott Downtown
Eaton Centre Hotel

Acting on Impulse? The Relationship Between Problem Gambling and Impulsivity

Thursday, April 20, 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Ballroom A&B

It’s clear that impulsivity plays a role in decision making. If so, how much of problem gambling is an impulsivity issue? How can we measure it? How is impulsivity different from compulsivity?

This session will provide an overview of impulsivity and how it is currently studied, including findings from current behavioural, clinical and neurobiological studies. Explore how impulsivity may be at the core of problem gambling. Then, consider the implications of this idea for the development of effective prevention and treatment initiatives.

Download James' and Iris' presentation (PDF)


Iris M. Balodis, Ph.D.

Peter Boris Centre for Addictions Research, McMaster University

Iris Balodis is an assistant professor in the department of psychiatry and behavioural neurosciences in the Peter Boris Centre for Addictions Research at McMaster University.

Iris’ research targets understanding the motivational processes influencing maladaptive decision-making. Her investigations focus on how an individual forms preferences, assesses options and makes choices. This research approach examines constructs such as impulsivity, thought to underlie many aspects of pathologic behaviour.

James MacKillop, Ph.D.

Peter Boris Chair in Addictions Research, McMaster University

James MacKillop is the Peter Boris Chair in Addictions Research, Director of the Peter Boris Chair in Addictions Research, and Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University.

James is also a senior scientist at Homewood Research Institute and holds adjunct appointments at the University of Georgia and Brown University. He conducts translational research on addiction, with emphases on alcohol, tobacco, and gambling addiction.


Glenn Pothier


Glenn Pothier is the founder and president of GLPi — a strategy, facilitation and research-consulting firm focused on helping clients to operate successfully and communicate effectively in complex environments. Glenn is a leading strategic planner, communication and marketing consultant, facilitator and researcher. For over two decades, he has helped organizations develop new approaches, nurture ideas, and reposition themselves (and/or their initiatives) to meet the challenges of a changing operating environment.