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Paper: David T. Courtwright, "Learning from Las Vegas: Gambling, Technology, Capitalism, and Addiction"

By David G. Schwartz on June 12, 2014 10:46 AM | Permalink

The latest in the Occasional Paper Series has been posted:

Paper 26: June 2014
David T. Courtwright, "Learning from Las Vegas: Gambling, Technology, Capitalism, and Addiction"

ABSTRACT: Gambling has always led to addictive behavior in some individuals. However, the number and types of addicted gamblers have changed over time and in response to specific gambling environments. Recent work by historians, journalists, and anthropologists, reviewed in this paper, suggests that the situation worsened during the modern era, and that it has become worse still during the last half century. Technological, organizational, and marketing innovations have “weaponized” gambling, increasing both the likelihood that people will gamble and that they will gamble compulsively—a phenomenon with parallels to several other consumer products, including processed food, digitized games, and psychoactive drugs.

View the paper here (pdf)

UNLV Gaming Podcast 52: David T. Courtwright

By David G. Schwartz on May 9, 2013 5:11 PM | Permalink

The latest podcast is up:

52-May 9, 2013
David T. Courtwright
"Learning from Las Vegas: Addiction, Limbic Capitalism, and Pleasure Meccas"
In this Gaming Research Colloquium talk, Courtwright (Presidential Professor, Department of History, University of North Florida) discusses three overlapping features of modern history: the global spread of potentially addictive pleasures, limbic capitalism (the production of goods and services that stimulate pleasure and emotional responses in the brain), and the rise of pleasure meccas. He traces the economic, social, technological, and ideological changes that led to the rise of the meccas, and several potential challenges to them.

Listen to the audio file (mp3)

View the flyer (pdf)

UNLV Gaming Podcast 24: Joseph Mazur

By David G. Schwartz on August 11, 2010 3:54 PM | Permalink

24- August 11, 2010
Joseph Mazur, Author, What's Luck Got to Do With It?
In this interview, Dr. Mazur discusses his new book, which combines history, psychology, and mathematics in its exploration of the persistent hold that luck has on the human psyche. An emerius professor of mathematics at Marlboro College and Guggenheim fellow, his book is a welcome edition to the study of gambling.

Listen to the audio file

Professor Joseph Mazur--webpage

Buy the book (

UNLV Gaming Podcast 10: Dylan Evans

By David G. Schwartz on June 9, 2009 3:27 PM | Permalink

At the 14th International Conference on Gambling and Risk-Taking, Dr. Schwartz interviews Dr. Evans, who presented a paper on the risk intelligence of expert gamblers. When it comes to assessing risk, expert gamblers are far better than doctors, even good ones.  It's an interesting conversation about a fascinating field of research.

For more information, see his website:

Coming January 29: A New University Libraries Home Page!

By Darcy Del Bosque on January 16, 2007 5:02 PM | Permalink
A new University Libraries home page will go live January 29th. The new home page is designed to make it easier for you to access library resources and allows you to search for books and articles directly from the home page. Take a look at the screen shot of the new page to see what changes are coming. If you would like to comment on the changes, please take the time to fill out our short survey. You can also contact with any questions or comments.

Happy New Year!

By Cory Lampert on January 2, 2007 3:13 PM | Permalink
As the new year rolls around, many of us are making resolutions for 2007 and thinking about what the future may hold. I ran across an interesting piece from MSNBC's Cosmic Log that mentions predictions for five technology innovations that are most likely to be successful by 2012, five years from now. Of most interest to me was the idea of the 3-D Internet. After my own hesitant explorations into Second Life, a virtual reality world where libraries are providing services to students via avatars, I can imagine the potential for targeting new users who want to be awed by their video games and their library.

New Digital Collection: Cities Around the World

By Cory Lampert on November 29, 2006 2:15 PM | Permalink
citiesphoto.jpg The University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee has just released a brand new digital collection of over 5,500 photographic images from the slide collections of the American Geographic Society Library. 3,284 color slides were chosen for this project from the extensive Harrison Forman slide collection. Forman’s special interest was in Asia, but his collection also covers cities across all continents. The selected images span the years from 1958 to 1978 The Cities Around the World Collection ( focuses on the main subject areas of: City & Town Life, Architecture, Views, Transportation, and People.