Canadian Press Consults Psychologist on Single Sports Betting

Dr. Harvey Marmurek

Psychologist Dr. Harvey Marmurek spoke to The Canadian Press in articles that appeared across several news outlets about single-sports betting, a new form of gambling that debuted in Ontario earlier this month.  

Marmurek said the system has protections in place to encourage safe gambling, but there are many betting platforms available. This could make it appear that someone is gambling safely on one platform when they aren’t on others, he said, citing his earlier research which noted that those who bet on sports are more impulsive than those who don’t.  

A professor in the Department of Psychology, Marmurek studies human information processing, gambling and social cognition.