Honestly, I’m Not Lying

Honestly, I’m Not Lying

by Amielle Moreno

Speer et al presented a well designed human neuroscience study to determine the seat of moral control. Instead, they found that while the moral default of the individual was stable, an area in the midfrontal brain region increased its theta power when the individual strayed from that default.

The electrode called Fz and indeed a number of neighboring electrodes in the EEG cap displayed a similar change in power when participants were exercising cognitive control in one task, and when deciding to be honest or not in another task.

In Episode 27 of the Miss Behavior Journal Club, the feature journal article discuses the complex set of controls, range of participant’s willingness to cheat and how these finding could apply to future non-correlational work. By publishing this important replication study the Journal of Neuroscience sets a new prerogative in favor of replaceable research.

Human Neuroscience Research on Honesty

Permanent Study Link

“Here, we extend prior research by providing more rigorous evidence by means of explicitly eliciting cognitive control in a separate localizer task and then demonstrating that the same neural signature can be identified in the Spot-The-Difference task when participants are exposed to the opportunity to cheat.” -Speer et al.-


2 thoughts on “Honestly, I’m Not Lying

  1. Gorge williams says:

    Ms. Amielle Moreno – let me remind you that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. You wrote, “Booth was both charismatic and drop-dead gorgeous”. This is a curious comment in the aftermath of Jan. 6th. The assassins like Mr. Booth attempted to murderer Americans and defile the Capital. The assassins urinated and defecated in the Capital on their way to assassinate members of congress and the VP. The charismatic and drop-dead gorgeous white supremacist coup d’état failed again.

    1. Amielle says:

      Booth reportedly being a handsome man, has no baring on his character. I do not believe I suffer from the physical attractiveness stereotype fallacy. Heck, the more attractive someone is, the more horrible I assume they are. So, me finding numerous (and only reporting one) sources attesting the attractiveness of Mr. Booth could maybe be seen as a compliment, but in no means reflects on his character or actions.


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