Gambling research is essential for a better understanding of the field and people’s tendencies when it comes to gaming activities and offerings. The Canada Foundation for Innovation understands the importance of investment down the road and it recently announced it is going to fund several projects, among which gambling research via its John R. Evans Leaders Fund pouring in CA$642,092. The Ministère de l’Économie et de l’Innovation would also fund the research, ultimately increasing the overall investment to CA$1,284,184.
Understanding gambling on another level and everything that goes into it could be essential for better player protection. This is a crucial factor that also helps people have a better understanding of themselves and the way gambling affects their brains on a very core level. Officials closely interested in the subject know they could influence research with regular funding, often reaching millions of Canadian dollars.
Gambling and Quasi-Gambling
Such is the case with the four projects conducted by Concordia University in Montreal. They vary from topics such as synthetic biology to gambling that could reveal more about the human brain. Collaboratoire pour l’étude des jeux de Hasard et d’Argent Numériques Connectés (CHANCE) would strive to reveal more about the world of quasi-gambling activities that feature the element of chance.
The stock market and real estate investments could be perceived as quasi-gambling activities that offer individuals a thrill similar to that experienced while gambling. For many years, researchers have argued that such marginal forms of gambling should also be included in regular gambling researches, as they could also have an addictive nature. Players feel the excitement of participating in those activities, which eventually hold their attention for longer.
The CHANCE project is expected to bag some CA$700,000 of the entire amount of money invested in the projects. In order to provide essential insights into gambling and quasi-gambling, the research would focus on the social aspect that is more and more important nowadays. Quasi-gambling games add yet another layer to the multi-faceted world of gaming.
Sylvia Kairouz Researches Once Again
The gambling world is a constantly changing and evolving scene with new forms of gaming such as the quasi-gambling opportunities available for everyone interested. This CHANCE project would feature Sylvia Kairouz as a principal investigator. Her name is known across the field, as she is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology.
She is about to enhance the project with her background. Earlier this year her work on gambling was praised for its comprehensiveness and international nature. It focused on the comparison of gambling habits in Quebec, Germany, and France. Published in the Journal of Business Research, this study aimed to show the differences in gambling culture of players on both sides of the ocean.
The study found that for the most part smaller groups seeking a quick solution to their financial struggles are drawn to the great promises of gambling. As it was disclosed by the gambling study, pathological gaming enthusiasts participating in the activity on a regular basis fuel some 31.6 percent of Quebec’s gaming spending.