How Lies Spread Online The spread of misinformation on social media is an alarming phenomenon that scientists have yet to fully understand. While the data show that false claims are increasing online, most studies have analyzed only small samples or … Continue reading What drives false news?
Want to Make a Lie Seem True? Say It Again. And Again. And Again You only use 10 percent of your brain. Eating carrots improves your eyesight. Vitamin C cures the common cold. Crime in the United States is at … Continue reading Brain feels
Trump’s Lies vs. Your Brain All presidents lie. Richard Nixon said he was not a crook, yet he orchestrated the most shamelessly crooked act in the modern presidency. Ronald Reagan said he wasn’t aware of the Iran-Contra deal; there’s evidence … Continue reading Dealing with lies
The Slippery Slope of Dishonesty If you say you have never lied, you are almost certainly lying. Only little lies, you say? Well, it’s long been thought that’s where the seeds of dishonesty are usually sown. Even convicted swindler Bernie … Continue reading Lying addiction
How liars create the illusion of truth Repetition makes a fact seem more true, regardless of whether it is or not. Understanding this effect can help you avoid falling for propaganda, says psychologist Tom Stafford. “Repeat a lie often enough … Continue reading Does prior knowledge matter?
A picture of eyes unconsciously discourages people from lying, study finds The presence of a pair of eyes may unconsciously discourage people from lying, even when those lies would benefit victims of a natural disaster, according to the findings of … Continue reading The watching eye effect
The Truth About the Ways People Lie All of our pants are almost constantly on metaphorical fire, is the basic impression I got after watching the new documentary Dishonesty: The Truth About Lies. The film is a fascinating exploration of … Continue reading Nudging people to not lie