Science Probes Team Kimberlin

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.

Translation for members of Team Kimberlin: Little lies lead to more frequent lies, and eventually lead to larger, more extensive deception.  Three years ago:

Schmalfeldt Credibility Meter 02




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7 Responses to Science Probes Team Kimberlin

  1. Paul Krendler says:

    Who wants to bet that all of Bill Schmalfeldt’s children (you know, the ones he denies having on his dating profile) all still think their dad is actually Santa Claus?


  2. That poor meter is going to break soon, it’s trying so hard to get to the actual reading which is well below the printed scale.

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    • Gus Bailey says:

      It’s obviously one of those cheap slovekian ones. They only tremble because of background credibility.

      Dave, you really should break down and buy the Taiwanese one; it’s shielded against background noise and can be adjusted to micro-really’s.

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  3. This Other Latin F*cker says:

    One of my favorite William “Stolen Valor” Schmalfeldt lies was that Hoge killed his wife. Then it was Krendler that killed his wife. Then he decided it was a group effort that killed his wife. SMH, what a moron.

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  4. one handle and stick to it says:

    I see I’m not the only one who thought of sociopath Bill Schmalfeldt when I heard about the study in Nature Neuroscience 😀

    Liked by 1 person

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