From white lies to more malicious fibs, people bend or hide the truth for a variety of reasons. One of those reasons, it turns out, is that sometimes the truth is so fantastical that other people wouldn’t even believe it.
Everyone can lie, but not everyone can lie well. In fact, some research suggests that the demeanor of a liar is the most important factor in whether lies are detected, possibly more important than the deception detection abilities of the
There are white lies, there are truly harmful lies, and then there are lies told for the sake of science. Scientists don’t always agree on whether the latter are acceptable, or how often. Many psychology experiments involve lying to participants.
Sometimes it’s temping just to tell children whatever they want to hear. Even for parents who preach the value of honesty, a little lie here or there can seem acceptable if it gets the desired behavior from children. According to
Many psychologists believe that gratitude is an especially powerful emotion. People who are more grateful tend to be happier, with higher emotional intelligence. They may also be more ethical, according to a new study. In a paper titled The Grateful
With great power doesn’t necessarily come great honesty. It turns out that wealthier people are more likely to engage in several different kinds of unethical behavior. A 2012 study showed, for example, that people in higher socioeconomic classes were more
We can all probably agree that we’d like for the world to be a fair place. What’s harder to agree on is whether the world actually is fair. Although it’s a basic truth that “life isn’t fair,” people differ in
In a way, lying is one of the most human acts. It draws on our unique cognitive abilities, from planning ahead to mentally simulating other people’s perspectives. Because lying is such a complex process, psychology researchers have long been interested
Have you ever wondered how some people can lie so much? If you answered “no,” clearly you don’t follow politics. According to a study published this month, prolific liars may not be born that way. Rather, it appears that lying
One recipient built himself prosthetic goat limbs and spent several days grazing among a herd of goats. Another investigated the perceived personality traits of rocks. Surprising as it may be, I’m not listing Nobel Prize winners. Rather, these are recipients