Who can resist the bright lights, the whirling noises, the chance of winning big on a casino slot machine? However, while the rewards can possibly be big, the consequences of gambling can land a person not only in debt but also in a place of addiction. Natasha Dow Schüll, author of Addiction by Design: Machine Gambling in Las Vegas, describes in her book how and why these flashy machines are able to place gamblers into a trance like state until they quit from physical or economic exhaustion. In a recent interview on the Leonard Lopate show, Dr. Shull discussed her book and how video slot machines are contributing to gambling addiction. Check out the interview below or here.