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. luhuijing@cuhk.edu.hk leichang@cuhk.edu.hk http://www.fed.cuhk.edu.hk/eps/people/changl.html

Abstract

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.

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