Health & Society Scholar Alum Interviewed On "60 Minutes"

Jan 12, 2011, 6:24 PM, Posted by

RWJF Health & Society Scholars program alum (2003-2005) Natasha Schull, Ph.D., M.A., was interviewed by Lesley Stahl for the January 9, 2011 edition of “60 minutes” on CBS. Her topic: a new generation of slot machines that is contributing to gambling addiction. With gambling now legal in 38 states, the latest breed of slots relies on flashing lights, noises, rapid and multiple bets, and other stimuli to lull players into a trance-like state that Schull calls, “the zone.”

Schull is a cultural anthropology professor at MIT and a documentary filmmaker. She has recently finished a book based on her research in Las Vegas among compulsive gamblers and the designers of the slot machines they play. Addiction by Design: Machine Gambling in Las Vegas is scheduled for publication by Princeton University Press later this year.

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