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White Lies Affect Your Behavior

Some social situations lead people to tell little white lies. How do those lies affect the way you treat the person you lied to in the future? Read More

I hope that this article is

I hope that this article is oversimplifying the study, or else the researchers are making assumptions which may or may not be true about the research subjects which affect the conclusions that they draw and seriously flaw this study. For example, when a waiter or waitress comes by to ask me how I am doing, I will generally respond "I'm fine" unless I need something or want to send the food back. I don't interpret his/her question to be about the food, but rather about whether or not I need something which he or she can do for me, so I am NOT lying even if I am disappointed in the food. Did the questionnaire ask the subject how they really felt compared to how they responded about their feelings? That's the only way to know if they actually lied. Also, were the subjects asked whether or not they felt guilty about lying? People rarely feel guilty about "white lies" since they are told in an attempt to avoid hurting people's feelings, so why would they be trying to "make up" for the lie? These conclusions seem spurious to me.

Another fine study

Or -- if we must ascribe any meaning to the word "fine" beyond the meaningless social niceity -- we could simply explain it as cognitive dissonance? which requires no one to "make up" for anything?

Honestly, it is a bit depressing that research on this level is being published. The confounding factors seem to outnumber and outweigh what is being measured.

Another fine study

Or -- if we must attribute meaning to a meaningless social nicity -- we could just call it cognitive dissonance. That way, no one needs to "make up" for anything.

Honestly, it is a bit depressing that studies such as this are deemed publishable. The confounding factors would seem to outnumber and outweigh what is being measured.

Another fine study

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I don't understand why the

I don't understand why the article relates the fact of having previously lied with being nicer to the researcher. If the researchers leaves during 12 min, and comes back asking "how are you doing?" I think this could awake an empathy reaction from the subjects. (She┬┤s gone, we are annoyed, but she does care) And could be this empathy that would make them "lie" in the first place and then make them pay more for her study.

So, let me get this straight.

So, let me get this straight. They asked liars what they would do with the money if they won it. And then they believed them. Right?

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Art Markman, Ph.D., is a cognitive scientist at the University of Texas whose research spans a range of topics in the way people think.


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