Little white lies make it easier to go on and tell big whoppers

They may be considered harmless by many, but little white lies apparently condition the brain to tell bigger fibs, new research has shown. Brain scans of people telling lies have shown it becomes easier with practice as they seem to overcome guilty pangs. A moral “policeman” in the brain called the amygdala becomes increasingly likely to look the other way the more we lie, the study led by scientists at University College London (UCL) suggests. Researchers believe the same principle may also explain how violence can escalate, leading to horrific crimes or a willingness to inflict torture. The team tested 80 volunteers working in pairs who were asked to guess the number of pennies in a jar. To start with, participants were told both they and their partners would secure…


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