PhD Candidate (Psychology)

Chanel is a PhD student in Psychology (Cognitive Neuroscience) under the supervision of Dr. Mike Dixon. She is also working as a Knowledge Translation and Exchange hub member in the University of Waterloo Gambling Research Lab. 
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Her Master’s and PhD work explores the convergence of gambling and video-game modalities in general (e.g., the introduction of gambling features into certain video-games, and the gamification of gambling games). Specifically, her work aims to determine the implications such convergences have on a player’s psychophysiological experience and problematic gambling/gaming behaviour.


Graydon, C., Dixon, M. J., Gutierrez, J., Stange, M., Larche, C., & Kruger, T. (2020). Do Losses Disguised as Wins Create a “Sweet Spot” for Win Overestimates in Multiline Slots Play?Addictive Behaviors, online ahead of print.

Larche, C. J., Chini, K., Lee, C., Dixon, M. J., & Fernandes, M. (2019). Rare Loot Box Rewards Trigger Larger Arousal and Reward Responses, and Greater Urge to Open More Loot BoxesJournal of Gambling Studies, online ahead of publication.

Dixon, M. J., Gutierrez, J., Larche, C. J., Stange, M., Graydon, C., Kruger, T. B., & Smith, S. D. (2019). Reward reactivity and dark flow in slot-machine gambling:“Light” and “dark” routes to enjoymentJournal of Behavioral Addictions8(3), 489-498.

Dixon, M.J., Gutierrez, J., Stange, M., Larche, C.J., Graydon, C.M., Vintan, S., & Kruger, T.B. (2018). Mindfulness problems and depression symptoms in everyday life predict dark flow during slots play: implications for gambling as a form of escape. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 33(1), 81-90.

Dixon, M. J., Larche, C. J., Stange, M., Graydon, C., & Fugelsang, J. A. (2018). Near-misses and stop buttons in slot machine play: An investigation of how they affect players, and may foster erroneous cognitions. Journal of Gambling Studies, 34(1), 161-180.

Dixon, M. J., Stange, M., Larche, C. J., Graydon, C., Fugelsang, J. A., & Harrigan, K. A. (2018). Dark flow, depression and multiline slot machine play. Journal of Gambling Studies, 34(1), 73-84.

Larche, C. J., Musielak, N., & Dixon, M. J. (2017). The Candy Crush Sweet Tooth: How ‘Near-misses’ in Candy Crush Increase Frustration, and the Urge to Continue Gameplay. Journal of Gambling Studies, 33(2), 599-615.

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