A pioneer of addiction research, the Division on Addiction (DOA), Cambridge Health Alliance, a Harvard Medical School teaching affiliate, has conducted a large scale research cooperation with gamebookers between 2005 and 2015, examining gaming behaviour in sports betting, casino, poker and other online games. The scientific analysis and results of the studies have brought about a paradigm shift in addiction research. The unique character of the studies is described by Howard J. Shaffer, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School, Director, Division on Addiction, The Cambridge Health Alliance, a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School, as follows:
"For the first time ever, the studies conducted in cooperation with gamebookers use the accurate records from computer-based internet gaming to study actual gaming rather than what people remembered or were willing to say."
The results of the studies have not only provided the international scientific community with important findings about the nature of online gaming. They also ensure that gamebookers can implement its vision of a "safe and recreational gaming environment" on the basis of a scientifically validated Responsible Gaming concept.
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