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Why People Lie: The Science, Psychology and Consequences

Cognitive neuroscientists Daniel C. Krawczyk, PhD, and Michael J. Lundie, PhD, explore the complexities of lying and truth-telling with Perspectives Matter host Jim Cathcart.

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Lying is something everybody does. Part of every culture, lying is directly related to the level of trust and cooperation that develops between people. Dan Krawczyk, PhD, and BrainHealth alum Michael Lundie, PhD, join Perspectives Matter host Jim Cathcart to explore the psychology behind lying and deception, how these actions impact us, and what can be done about it in daily life.Research in Dr. Krawczyk's lab investigates ways to improve reasoning and decision making using a diversity of methods, including behavioral studies, machine learning, imaging and brain stimulation. He suggests maintaining healthy levels of skepticism in order to maintain good judgement and safety.


"We don't expect to be lied to across our lives, but in certain circumstances we should probably assume that everyone is potentially playing a game. It's within the human repertoire to deceive." – Dr. Daniel C. Krawczyk, Deputy Director of Research at Center for BrainHealth and the Debbie and Jim Francis Chair in Behavioral and Brain Sciences at UT Dallas
Friends of BrainHealth grant recipient Dr. Michael Lundie is a cognitive scientist with experience researching and exploring various aspects of the human brain. Fascinated by phenomena like confirmation bias, he explores how and why we tend to have a sensitivity to confirmations in the beliefs that we hold. In order to live more authentically and pick up on potential deceptions, Dr. Lundie suggests an open-minded approach that includes creating an environment where you can be vulnerable and open.


"Human beings, we're reciprocal creatures. If we can create that atmosphere of "I'm willing to be upfront and honest about my flaws," it makes other people feel at ease." – Michael J. Lundie, PhD, Friends of BrainHealth Visionary Scientist

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Deputy Director of Research Debbie and Jim Francis Chair and Professor, School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences

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