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Practice makes perfect liars

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The art of lying is not that simple but it’s easy to understand that practice makes closer and closer to perfection. So we have to assume that the more we lie the more we become good at it.

A recent study confirmed this theory with neuro-scientific evidences. The brain adapts to lying to the point the amygdala, which is responsible for making us feel stressed while telling a lie, don’t produce negative emotions anymore. So we can lie without feeling any kind of emotional state and consequently any kind of body reaction incoherent with our verbal language.

What is the study?

A group of people were told to report the number of pennies a jar was filled with and they were also encouraged to exaggerate the amount. At the same time the scientists tracked the participants’ amygdala’s activity. As the participants kept lying, the functioning was less and less detectable. What is really interesting is that not even the magnitude of the lie influenced the reduction of the amygdala’s activity. Even if the lie got bigger, the brain produced lesser and lesser negative emotional states. The study author, Dr. Tali Sharot, underlined the gravity of this result since the ability to tell little lies can, along with practice, evolve in severe acts of dishonesty. Moreover, since amygdala gets used to lies, the person not only feels better and better in lying but also became more likely to do so.

This experiment should make us think about the possibilities of human brain concerning this kind of environment, that is to say the ability to endure and adapt to different situations and states of mind.

Milan, 26th November 2017


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Foro Buonaparte,22