In the same way you have to increase the intensity of a workout, the brain gets used to certain lies and can handle larger ones the more a person is dishonest, a new study shows. selimaksan/Getty Images Do you remember when you were a kid and your mom told you if you kept telling those little fibs, your brain would stick that way and you’d start telling big, huge, giant lies all the time? No? Well, it seems like something your mom would say, but this time it’s actually SCIENCE telling you to straighten up and fly right. That’s because dishonesty is a slippery slope — at least from a neuroscience perspective. A recent study published in the journal Nature Neuroscience provides evidence that our brains actually adapt to dishonesty in the same way we become habituated to other vices. After all, your first cigarette is revolting, but your body can eventually become so inured to them that a first-time smoker might eventually break the world record by smoking 110 cigarettes at once. Researchers at the University College London (UCL) set up an experiment to prove that once the brain becomes comfortable telling small lies, it can gradually tell larger… Read full this story
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