Cognitive Deficits in Patients with Gambling Disorder



The paper provides a narrative review of cognitive deficits in patients with gambling disorder. We discuss several types of these deficits, namely, cognitive impairments due to deficits in executive functioning, impulsive and risky decision-making, gambling-related cognitive distortions, and cognitive errors in cognitive-behavioral terms. These deficits are reviewed from the perspective of their relevance for psychotherapy and the development of differentiated psychotherapeutic interventions for gambling disorder treatment.

General Information

Keywords: gambling disorder, behavioral addictions, cognitive deficits, psychotherapy

Journal rubric: Workshop and Methods

Article type: scientific article


Funding. The study was funded by Russian Science Foundation (RSF), project number 18-18-00477, supervised by Rodmonga K. Potapova.

For citation: Agibalova T.V., Tuchina O.D., Buzik O.Z., Potapova R.K., Potapov V.V. Cognitive Deficits in Patients with Gambling Disorder. Konsul'tativnaya psikhologiya i psikhoterapiya = Counseling Psychology and Psychotherapy, 2020. Vol. 28, no. 4, pp. 167–185. DOI: 10.17759/cpp.2020280409. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Tatyana V. Agibalova, Doctor of Medicine, Principal Researcher, Moscow Research and Practical Centre for Narcology of the Department of Public Health, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Olga D. Tuchina, Researcher, Moscow Research and Practical Centre for Narcology of the Department of Public Health, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Oleg Z. Buzik, Doctor of Medicine, Associate Professor, Deputy Director for Research, Moscow Research and Practical Centre for Narcology of the Department of Public Health, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Rodmonga K. Potapova, Doctor of Philology, Professor, Head of Institute of Applied and Mathematical Linguistics, Moscow State Linguistic University, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Vsevolod V. Potapov, Doctor of Philology, Senior Researcher, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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