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Lying Effects Brain Activity

By wochit 26 October 2016

TRUTH BE TOLD As people told more lies, their brain activity changed, a finding that could represent dishonesty’s slippery slope. When small lies snowball into blizzards of deception, the brain becomes numb to dishonesty. As people tell more and bigger lies, certain brain areas respond less to the whoppers, scientists report online October 24 in Nature Neuroscience. The results might help explain how small transgressions can ultimately set pants aflame. The findings “have big implications for how lying can develop,” says developmental psychologist Victoria Talwar of McGill University in Montreal, who studies how dishonest behavior develops in children.