Enhance your creativity, tell more lies… yes, there’s a logic in that

Monday, 3 March, 2014

Become more resourceful and original in your work and thoughts by… lying.

“Given that both dishonesty and creativity involve rule breaking, the individuals most likely to behave dishonestly and the individuals most likely to be creative may be one and the same,” Francesca Gino, lead author of the study, wrote.

I’ll tell no lie, but this wasn’t quite the tip for enhancing creativity that I was looking for.

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And the anxious shall inherit all poker winnings, that’s no lie

Tuesday, 23 April, 2013

Those who are “anxiously attached”, people who fear being separated from, or abandoned by others, tend to be better at detecting lies, and even seeing through poker faces, giving them an edge should they happen to enjoy the odd round of cards:

To see if the lie-detection skills associated with anxious attachment have any benefit in real life, Ein-Dor and Perry recruited 35 semi-professional poker players, assessed their attachment style and then observed their performance in a local poker tournament. Each participant was allocated at random to join in with a group of seven other players at the event. As they predicted, the researchers found that the participants who scored higher in anxious attachment tended to win more money in the tournament (on average, a one-point higher score in anxious attachment was associated with winning an extra 448 chips).

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If the truth is magnetic how strong is the attraction of lies?

Monday, 26 September, 2011

Proximity to magnetic forces can have an affect on whether we speak the truth or tell lies, and depending on which region of the brain is subject to a magnetic current, it is possible we may have no conscious choice in the matter.

The team discovered that when magnets were applied to either the right or left side of the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex in the front of the brain, depending on which side was stimulated, the subjects would either lie or tell the truth. But when magnetic interference was directed at the parietal lobe, their decision-making remained unchanged.

If you’ve been caught out for being less than truthful you could try blaming the deception on, say, nearby fridge magnets… you never know it might work.

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The heart may deceive but the brain cannot evade lie detectors

Thursday, 4 August, 2011

Brain scanning technology that is currently in development looks to yield far more reliable results when it comes to detecting lies, as opposed to polygraphs, and the Facial Action Coding System, which examines various facial expressions, lie detection methods whose accuracy have long been considered doubtful.

His theory was that, in order to tell a lie, we have to undertake several independent mental operations. On one hand, the brain has to prevent the truth from slipping out and, on the other, it has to construct the lie itself and serve it to the world in place of the truth. Langleben believed that you had to be able to observe this dual book-keeping in a brain scanning as activity in various circuits. The lie, in other words, had to leave a physiological trace behind.

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If artists are liars, then art must imitate lies

Thursday, 2 June, 2011

Is artistic invention, the creating of something from nothing, actually a form of lying?

If art is a kind of lying, then lying is a form of art, albeit of a lower order – as Oscar Wilde and Mark Twain have observed. Both liars and artists refuse to accept the tyranny of reality. Both carefully craft stories that are worthy of belief – a skill requiring intellectual sophistication, emotional sensitivity and physical self-control (liars are writers and performers of their own work). Such parallels are hardly coincidental, as I discovered while researching my book on lying. Indeed, lying and artistic storytelling spring from a common neurological root – one that is exposed in the cases of psychiatric patients who suffer from a particular kind of impairment.

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Some liars are so good they cannot even spot their own deception

Tuesday, 15 March, 2011

The spiel of cheaters, liars, and fraudsters, can sometimes be so convincing that even they begin to seriously believe their own hype, says research by Zoe Chance of Harvard Business School.

Using experiments where people could cheat on a test, Chance has found that cheaters not only deceive themselves, but are largely oblivious to their own lies. Their ruse is so potent that they’ll continue to overestimate their abilities in the future, even if they suffer for it. Cheaters continue to prosper in their own heads, even if they fail in reality.

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No time for polygraphs, here’s a another of detecting lies

Monday, 7 February, 2011

A handy guide for working out when someone is lying… or, on the flip-side, should you be considering a career as a spy, or even an actor, a handy guide for crafting feats of deceit.

If you want to be a good spy, con artist, or poker player, you have to be able to lie. If you want to be a great spy, con artist, etc., you have to be able to tell when other people are lying. The theory goes like this: A person’s brain works harder when they’re dissembling than when they’re speaking the truth, and this extra cognitive load has physical manifestations.

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Riddle me this how do you take online dating site bluffs offline?

Tuesday, 20 July, 2010

When it comes to online dating, and painting the best possible picture of themselves, members of online dating websites – this is case OKCupid – tend to distort information in four key areas:

  • Their height, overstated
  • Their income, again overstated
  • Their looks, and by definition I guess, their age, by using an outdated profile photo
  • Their sexuality in terms of being bisexual (yep – one, two, three – it can be a drawcard…)

It’s all of course in the interests of maximising exposure, which results in more messages from more interested members. More messages means more prospective dates or hookups, which is what we all want. But what happens when these people meet someone face-to-face? Do they keep bluffing?

While it may be possible to bluff about income for a time, and keep talk of one’s (apparent) bisexuality out of the conversation (for a time), showing up looking ten years older, and six inches shorter, than you’ve represented yourself to be is surely going to be problematic, isn’t it?

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I often make Hitchcock-like cameo appearances in my writings

Friday, 16 July, 2010

Authors looking to boost their profile a little, but not wishing to go overboard, by say writing a fake memoir, are – no pun intended – taking a leaf from Alfred Hitchcock’s book, and writing themselves into their own works by way of cameo roles.

In the instant-muckraking era of TMZ, the Smoking Gun, and Gawker, when the outing of any instance of plagiarism became only one Google Books search away, with journalists, editors, and publishers all on the lookout for the next Frey, lying became tougher and riskier than ever. So we’ve taken the only reasonable option – taking back what’s rightfully ours, casting ourselves in our fiction, allowing ourselves to explore the intense experiences missing from our monotonous existences, while getting to do it in novels, where we still have the right to lie in service of larger truths.

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I tell you no lies, talking tripe is a rite of passage

Thursday, 13 May, 2010

Surprising fact of the day? Children who have mastered the ability to lie have taken an important step in their growth towards adulthood.

Parents and teachers who catch their children lying “should not be alarmed – and their children are not going to turn out to be pathological liars,” says Dr. Lee, who has spent the last 15 years studying how lying changes as kids get older, why some people lie more than others as well as which factors can reduce lying. “The fact that their children tell lies is a sign that they have reached a new developmental milestone.”

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