Tyler Kruger

MA Candidate

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Tyler is a Master's student in Psychology (Cognitive Neuroscience) under the supervision of Dr. Mike Dixon and Dr. Daniel Smilek. 

His research interests include slot machine play and the “zone” that some players report while playing multiline slot machines. More generally, he is also interested in the everyday experience of attentional states such as mind-wandering and flow.


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 escapePsychology of Addictive Behaviors, 33(1), 81-90.