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Dr Luke Clark

Dr Luke Clark

University Senior Lecturer, Behavioural and Clinical Neuroscience Institute

Director of Studies in Natural Sciences (Psychology), Trinity Hall, Cambridge

Luke Clark is interested in taking PhD students.

Office Phone: +44 (0)1223 7 64415 / +44 (0)1223 7 65245


  • gambling
  • addiction
  • decision making
  • mental illness

Key Publications

Clark L., Crooks B., Clarke R., Aitken M.R.F., Dunn B.D. (2012). Physiological responses to near-miss outcomes and personal control during simulated gambling. Journal of Gambling Studies, 28: 123-137.

Billieux J., van der Linden M., Khazaal Y., Zullino D., Clark L. (2012 in press). Trait gambling cognitions predict near-miss experiences and persistence in laboratory slot machine gambling. British Journal of Psychology.

Clark L., Dombrovski A.Y., Siegle G.J., Butters M.A., Shollenberger C.L., Sahakian B.J., Szanto K. (2011) Impairment in risk-sensitive decision-making in older suicide attempters. Psychology and Aging, 26: 321-330.

Michalczuk R., Bowden-Jones H., Verdejo-Garcia A., Clark L. (2011). Impulsivity and cognitive distortions in pathological gamblers attending the UK National Problem Gambling Clinic: a preliminary report. Psychological Medicine, 41: 2625-2636.

Bowden-Jones H., Clark L. (2011). Pathological Gambling: a neurobiological and clinical update (editorial). British Journal of Psychiatry, 199: 87-89.

Chase H., Clark L. (2010). Gambling severity predicts midbrain response to near-miss outcomes. Journal of Neuroscience, 30: 6180-6187.

Clark L. (2010). Decision-making during gambling: an integration of cognitive and psychobiological approaches (review). Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, part B: Biological Sciences, 365: 319-330.

Clark L., Lawrence A.J., Astley-Jones F., Gray N. (2009). Gambling near-misses enhance motivation to gamble and recruit win-related brain circuitry. Neuron, 61: 481-490.

Lawrence A.J., Luty J., Bogdan N., Sahakian B.J., Clark L. (2009). Problem gamblers share deficits in impulsive decision-making with alcohol-dependent individuals Addiction, 104: 1006-1015.

Lawrence A.J., Luty J., Bogdan N., Sahakian B.J., Clark L. (2009). Impulsivity and response inhibition in alcohol dependence and problem gambling. Psychopharmacology, 207: 163-172.

Clark L., Bechara A., Damasio H., Aitken M.R.F., Sahakian B.J., Robbins T.W. (2008). Differential effects of insula and ventromedial prefrontal cortex lesions on risky decision-making. Brain, 131: 1311-22.