sciencehabit writes: Compulsive gamblers aren’t necessarily greedier than the rest of us—their brains may just be wired to favor money over sex. In a new study, researchers found that gamblers' brains had much diminished responses to erotic images compared with monetary images in the ventral striatum, a brain region that processes reward. Another brain region that normally only lights up in response to sex was activated when the participants looked at monetary cues vs sexual ones, suggesting that they saw money as a more basic need than sex.
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