Tuesday, May 2, 2017

"The secret to honesty revealed: it feels better"

Via Drudge:  Researchers at University College London discovered that at a physical level the brain finds decency far more satisfying than deception.

The trial revealed that, despite accumulating a large amount of money, most participants derived no deep-seated satisfaction if the success was gained at the expense of others.

Published in the journal Nature Neuroscience, the study indicates that, at least at a psychological level, the old adage that “crime doesn’t pay” is right.

“When we make decisions, a network of brain regions calculates how valuable our options are,” said Dr Molly Crockett, who led the research.

“Ill-gotten gains evoke weaker responses in this network, which may explain why most people would rather not profit from harming others.

“Our results suggest the money just isn’t as appealing.”

The experiment involved 28 couples of participants who were paired off and given the ability to give each other small electric shocks.

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4 comments:

edutcher said...

I always liked the sentiment that honesty may not always be the best policy, but it does keep things simpler.

ampersand said...

They sure kept it a secret from the Clintons

Methadras said...

If you are dishonest, you always have to juggle your dishonesty? You can never keep your stories straight. You can never know what the truth is as you delude yourself constantly in irrational lies over and over. Holy shit, I'm living in reality?

ndspinelli said...

I have gotten people to admit to some VERY tough truths over the years. But, once they get it out, I can literally see their shoulders lift, their head become unbowed, and sheer relief in their eyes.

And you hall know the truth and the truth shall make you free. John 8:32