Positive Affect Variance in Slots

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Unlike many other types of gambling, slots allow players to experience both wins and losses in the same game. As such, they can be a great source of enjoyment for gamblers. However, our previous work found that a significant proportion of the enjoyment enjoyed by players is unrelated to reward reactivity or dark flow.

In this article, we investigate whether or not our earlier findings can be explained by the existence of a third measure of pleasure in slots: positive affect variance. We do so by analyzing data from Dixon et al., who compared dark flow with two measures of reward processing (PRP and force as a function of win size) to find that both measures were significantly correlated with positive affect during slot play.

We further test the hypothesis that positive affect variance is distinct from reward reactivity and dark flow by conducting an experimental experiment with two groups of gamblers. In both groups, participants were asked to rate their enjoyment of a slot machine session after it was over. We then measured their levels of PRP and force, and analyzed the data to see if they were related to the level of positive affect that they experienced.

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