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Our Brains Reveal Whether We Are Honest or a Cheater

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News Release, (2022, January 6). Our Brains Reveal Whether We Are Honest or a Cheater. Psychreg on Clinical Psychology. https://www.psychreg.org/brain-honest-cheater/
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New research from the Center for Neuroeconomics at the Rotterdam School of Management (RSM) identifies new ways of predicting individual differences in honesty using connectivity measures within the brain at rest.

There are immense economic costs associated with dishonest and selfish behaviour, such as tax evasion. Therefore, finding effective ways to reduce dishonest behaviour is highly relevant to policymakers.

The research shows that the brain of an honest person has stronger connectivity between networks within the brain associated with cognitive control, self-referential thinking and reward processing.

Lead researcher Sebastian Speer says: ‘Differences in our moral default (that is, whether we are more or less inclined, to be honest) can be predicted from patterns of neural activity when the brain is at rest. More honest individuals show higher connectivity between brain regions associated with cognitive control, self-referential thinking, which means the extent to which they consider their self-image and reward processing. Therefore, interventions to reduce dishonesty should focus on these three processes.’

The research suggests that increasing cognitive control capacity and perspective-taking pole with an inclination to cheat may be effective strategies to make them more honest.


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