Dimensionality of Cognitions in Behavioral Addiction

L. S. Morris, V. Voon

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Cognitive constructs provide conceptual frameworks for transpathological characterization and improved phenotyping of apparently disparate psychiatric groups. This dimensional approach can be applied to the examination of individuals with behavioral addictions, for example, towards gambling, video-games, the internet, food, and sex, allowing operationalization of core deficits. We use this approach to review constructs such as impulsivity, compulsivity, and attention regulation, which may be most relevant, applicable, and successful for the understanding and subsequent treatment of the addictions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-57
Number of pages9
JournalCurrent Behavioral Neuroscience Reports
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Behavioral addiction
  • Binge-eating
  • Compulsivity
  • Gambling
  • Gaming
  • Impulsivity


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