The physiology of (dis)honesty: Does it impact health?


ten Brinke, L., Lee, J. J., & Carney, D. (2015). The physiology of (dis)honesty: Does it impact health? Current Opinion in Psychology , 6 177-182.

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Research suggests that dishonest acts may be embodied. That is, when a person anticipates or acts dishonestly, the choice or behavior is not only reflected in the mind but also in the brain and body. While recent summaries of virtuous acts suggest that truth, altruism, and fairness confer a suite of psychological and health benefits to the benefactor, we suggest that lying, cheating, and stealing may do the opposite. We review research literatures on the neuroscience, psychophysiology, and endocrinology of dishonesty and suggest that, over time, dishonest behavior may be bad for our health. 

Last updated on 09/14/2015