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Altruistic and self-serving goals modulate behavioral and neural responses in deception
Cui, Fang1,2; Wu, Song1; Wu, Haiyan3,4; Wang, Chengyao1; Jiao, Can1; Luo, Yuejia1,2,5
2018
Source PublicationSOCIAL COGNITIVE AND AFFECTIVE NEUROSCIENCE
ISSN1749-5016
SubtypeArticle
Volume13Issue:1Pages:63-71
Contribution Rank3
Abstract

People tell lies not only for their own self-interests but sometimes also to help others. Little is known about the ways in which different types of goals modulate behaviors and neural responses in deception. The present study investigated the neural processes associated with spontaneous deception that occurs with altruistic reasons (i.e. the money would be donated to charity), self-serving reasons (i.e. the participant receives all of the money) and mixed goals (i.e. the money would be equally split between the participant and the charity). Altruistic motivation for deception reduced the intensity of moral conflict and the subsequent mental cost of resolving this conflict, reflected by a smaller N2-P3 effect in the purely altruistic condition. When making decisions about whether to lie, self-interest was a stronger motivator than others' interests, and the participants tended to lie more for themselves than for others. When the lie could be mutually beneficial for both of the self and others, the participants tended to lie even when they knew that they could be easily caught, but they actually lied for their own self-interest rather than for altruistic reasons. These findings shed light on the neural basis of 'good lies' and decision-making in mutually beneficial situations.

Keywordaltruistic self-serving deception moral conflict ERPs
DOI10.1093/scan/nsx138
Indexed BySCI ; SSCI
Language英语
Funding OrganizationNational Natural Science Foundation of China(31500877 ; Humanity and Social Science Youth Foundation of Ministry of Education of China(16YJC190021) ; Outstanding Young Faculty Award of Guangdong province(YQ2014149) ; 31400963)
WOS Research AreaNeurosciences & Neurology ; Psychology
WOS SubjectNeurosciences ; Psychology ; Psychology, Experimental
WOS IDWOS:000419578600007
WOS HeadingsScience & Technology ; Social Sciences ; Life Sciences & Biomedicine
WOS KeywordANTERIOR CINGULATE CORTEX ; PREFRONTAL-EXECUTIVE FUNCTION ; COGNITIVE CONTROL ; DECISION-MAKING ; WHITE LIES ; CONFLICT ; COMPONENT ; TRUTHFUL ; CHILDREN ; HARM
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Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.psych.ac.cn/handle/311026/22303
Collection中国科学院行为科学重点实验室
Affiliation1.Shenzhen Univ, Coll Psychol & Sociol, Nanhai Ave 3688, Shenzhen 518060, Guangdong, Peoples R China
2.Shenzhen Univ, Shenzhen Key Lab Affect & Social Cognit Sci, Shenzhen, Peoples R China
3.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Psychol, CAS Key Lab Behav Sci, Beijing, Peoples R China
4.Univ Chinese Acad Sci, Dept Psychol, Beijing, Peoples R China
5.Shenzhen Inst Neurosci, Shenzhen, Peoples R China
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Cui, Fang,Wu, Song,Wu, Haiyan,et al. Altruistic and self-serving goals modulate behavioral and neural responses in deception[J]. SOCIAL COGNITIVE AND AFFECTIVE NEUROSCIENCE,2018,13(1):63-71.
APA Cui, Fang,Wu, Song,Wu, Haiyan,Wang, Chengyao,Jiao, Can,&Luo, Yuejia.(2018).Altruistic and self-serving goals modulate behavioral and neural responses in deception.SOCIAL COGNITIVE AND AFFECTIVE NEUROSCIENCE,13(1),63-71.
MLA Cui, Fang,et al."Altruistic and self-serving goals modulate behavioral and neural responses in deception".SOCIAL COGNITIVE AND AFFECTIVE NEUROSCIENCE 13.1(2018):63-71.
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