Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Self-deceive to countermine detection

Hui Jing Lua1 and Lei Changa1

a1 Department of Educational Psychology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, NT, Hong Kong SAR, People's Republic of China. [email protected] [email protected]


Having evolved to escape detection of deception completely, self-deception must respond to social conditions registering different probabilities of detection. To be adaptive, it must have a mechanism to keep truthful information temporarily from the self during deception and retrieve it after deception. The memory system may serve this mechanism and provides a paradigm in which to conduct research on self-deception.