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The brain adapts to dishonesty

Overview of attention for article published in Nature Neuroscience, October 2016
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35 blogs
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1130 tweeters
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1 peer review site
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22 Google+ users
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4 Redditors
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Title
The brain adapts to dishonesty
Published in
Nature Neuroscience, October 2016
DOI 10.1038/nn.4426
Pubmed ID
Authors

Neil Garrett, Stephanie C Lazzaro, Dan Ariely, Tali Sharot, Garrett, Neil, Lazzaro, Stephanie C, Ariely, Dan, Sharot, Tali, Garrett, N, Lazzaro, SC, Ariely, D, Sharot, T, Stephanie C. Lazzaro

Abstract

Dishonesty is an integral part of our social world, influencing domains ranging from finance and politics to personal relationships. Anecdotally, digressions from a moral code are often described as a series of small breaches that grow over time. Here we provide empirical evidence for a gradual escalation of self-serving dishonesty and reveal a neural mechanism supporting it. Behaviorally, we show that the extent to which participants engage in self-serving dishonesty increases with repetition. Using functional MRI, we show that signal reduction in the amygdala is sensitive to the history of dishonest behavior, consistent with adaptation. Critically, the extent of reduced amygdala sensitivity to dishonesty on a present decision relative to the previous one predicts the magnitude of escalation of self-serving dishonesty on the next decision. The findings uncover a biological mechanism that supports a 'slippery slope': what begins as small acts of dishonesty can escalate into larger transgressions.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 6 2%
France 5 2%
United Kingdom 3 1%
Brazil 2 <1%
Israel 1 <1%
Italy 1 <1%
Denmark 1 <1%
Poland 1 <1%
Luxembourg 1 <1%
Other 6 2%
Unknown 227 89%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 75 30%
Researcher 41 16%
Student > Bachelor 38 15%
Student > Master 33 13%
Student > Postgraduate 17 7%
Other 50 20%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Psychology 89 35%
Neuroscience 42 17%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 31 12%
Medicine and Dentistry 20 8%
Unspecified 13 5%
Other 59 23%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 2920. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 14 August 2017.
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