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Expert comment on luck: Can you make yourself luckier?

The Spring Racing Carnival is here. With the thud of hooves comes the flood of novice punters hoping for a little return on their annual Melbourne Cup bet.

It is estimated about $280 million will be gambled on Melbourne Cup Day across the nation but what are your actual chances of winning… anything?

Is it all down to luck? What is luck? Can you make yourself luckier?

Victoria University’s Dr Keis Ohtsuka is available to explain our perception of luck, chance and beliefs.

Dr Ohtsuka is a social psychologist studying gambling behaviour and cognition with a special interest in culture and gambling, erroneous gambling-related beliefs and superstition.

Dr Ohtsuka can comment on the following:

  • Cultural beliefs associated with gambling/luck
  • Superstition and gambling, why do we believe in superstitions? What are they?
  • Why gamblers develop the illusion of control and overestimate their ability to control random events?  
  • What is luck? Can you make yourself luckier?

A senior lecturer in psychology at Victoria University, Dr Ohtsuka is the editor in chief of the Asian Journal of Gambling Issues and Public Health and a member of National Association for Gambling Studies (Australia).

For interviews:  Dr Keis Ohtsuka 0402 238 653 or keis.ohtsuka@vu.edu.au

Media contact: Elisabeth Tarica (03) 9919 9491, 0435 960 793 or elisabeth.tarica@vu.edu.au  

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