PS 390 Selected Topics in Psychology: Psychology of Gambling
F2A 2009 BE
Cardner, Patricia A.
Assistant Professor of Psychology
PhD, Sam Houston State UniversityEdD, Argosy University, (expected completion 2010)LPC, Texas
10/19/2009 to 12/13/2009
8:00 - 10:40 PM
Bellin, A. (2002). Poker
Nation: A high-stakes, low life adventure into he heart of gambling
country. Perennial. ISBN:
Craig, M. (2005). The
professor, the banker and the suicide king: Inside the richest poker game of
all time. Warner Books. ISBN:0-446-69497-5.
Mezrich, B. (2002). Bringing
down the house. Free Press. ISBN: 0-7432-4999-2.
Dalla, N. & Alson, P.
(2005). One of a kind: The rise and fall of Stuey “The Kid” Ungar, the world’s
greatest poker player. Atria Books. ISBN: 0-7434-7658-1.
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of psychology will be applied to various gambling scenarios with a primary
emphasis on poker. In addition, issues
affecting players, such as stress, emotional regulation and detecting
deception, as well as effective adjustments in gambling settings will be
explored. Students will also be made
aware of gambling addiction as well as appropriate treatments.
Cardner’s educational philosophy is
based on a collaborative combination of lectures, readings, quizzes,
videos and group work. The student will be able to critically evaluate
topics in career counseling while engaging in positive discussion with peers. My philosophy of teaching emphasizes student learning
whether that learning occurs in a face to face format or in the online
environment. One of my areas of expertise is psychology, and one of the
main things that I learned from the study of psychology is that people have
different learning styles. I have also learned as a result of study and
experience, that adult learners differ in some important ways from traditional
college students. I believe that students learn best when the material
presented is timely and relevant and applicable. Adult students in
particular like to see the relevance of what they are studying. One way
that I like to do this is by including current events and cases for
discussions. Discussions are the heart and soul of effective
learning. This is the one way that students get to know one another and it
gives them an opportunity to learn from one another. In addition, there is
a great deal of information on the web that students can use to enhance their
learning. They are encouraged to use web resources for this purpose.
Instructor Learning Outcomes
Weekly Quiz. There will be weekly quizzes administered throughout
the semester – starting with week 2 and ending with week 7 (for a total of 6
quizzes). Each quiz will be made up of questions from the reading
assignment for a given week. Each quiz will be worth up to 20 points.
Attendance and Participation: Attendance and participation is
required for class and will be worth up to 100 points.
Final. A Final will be administered covering the readings from the
entire semester (comprehensive). The final will be worth up to 100
Core Assessment. 8 page paper
minimum worth 100 points.
will select 1 popular poker player and will write a paper that analyzes the
player in terms of the information presented in class. Each player will be described in terms of
their likely personality strengths and weaknesses. Students will also make an assessment of
probable gambling addiction, if any, and prescribe a course of treatment. Finally, the paper will outline a program of
psychological training that could be investigated to assist the player in
improving their overall game as well as alleviating identified problems and
issues. Any potential shortcomings to the plan should be noted.
player selections include, but are not limited to:
players have been selected because there is a great deal of video of their play
available as well as numerous written documents and interviews. You may seek permission to study a player who
is not on the list.
Core Assessment Paper
470 - 423
422 - 376
375 - 329
328 - 282
Late Submission of Course Materials:
assignment turned in after the date it is due will only be eligible to receive
up to half credit for the assignment. No course materials will be accepted
after the last class meeting.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
class promptly. Roll will be checked during each class period. It is your responsibility to make up anything
missed in class and that your scheduled assignments are submitted on time.
prepared for class. This means that you have read the assigned readings
and are prepared to discuss them. This course will consist of class
discussion, small group discussion, group work, lecture, and experiences outside
of class. You are expected to take part in the discussions and group
work. Also, assigned readings will not always be reviewed in class, but
examinations will be from both assigned readings and class discussions.
assignment will be turned in via the online classroom. Each assignment
will be graded electronically and returned to the student via the online classroom.
student is expected to maintain a respectful attitude towards others at all
to the Psychological Issues Associated with Gambling
and Goal Setting
Tilt: Anger and Anxiety
Focus under Pressure
Addiction and Treatment, Other Potential Personality Issues
It All Together
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Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
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