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Sunday, October 30, 2016

Pinocchio's amygdala

Pinocchio    (by Carlo Chiostri)
Those who examined Pinocchio’s nose were focused upon the wrong body part.

It might have been far more enlightening to note the function of his amygdala.  For habitual truth tellers, the amygdala serves as a conscience.  For habitual liars, this watchdog part of the brain eventually becomes desensitized.  The line between fact and fiction is more easily crossed, and lying becomes all too common.

This desensitization was recently noted by a research team of neuroscientists from University College London.  Their results indicated that “lying actually gets easier with repeated fibs.”


Copyright October 30, 2016 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

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