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Cheating: A Product Of The Environment Or A Character Trait?

Cheating is more likely caused by an individual’s propensity to cheat than external factors, new research suggests. Dr. Marco Palma, director of the Human Behavior Lab at Texas A&M University and professor in the department of agricultural economics, and Dr. Billur Aksoy, assistant professor of economics at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York, took a closer […]

Dishonesty Distorts A Person’s Ability To Read Others’ Emotions

Dishonesty diminishes a person’s ability to read others’ emotions, or interpersonal cognition, according to new research. Furthermore, the consequences snowball – one dishonest act can set in motion even more dishonesty. “It can be a vicious cycle. Sometimes people will tell a white lie and think it’s not a big deal. But a decision to […]

MDMA Reopens Critical Window In Brain For Reward Learning

The psychedelic drug MDMA (3,4-Methyl​enedioxy​methamphetamine, commonly known as ecstasy), reopens a sort of window, or “critical period,” when the brain is sensitive to learning the reward value of social behaviors, Johns Hopkins neuroscientists have found. Their findings may explain why MDMA could be helpful in treating people with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Critical periods were […]