Protesting too much: Self-deception and self-signaling

Ryan McKay*, Danica Mijović-Prelec, Dražen Prelec

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    Abstract

    Von Hippel & Trivers (VH&T) propose that self-deception has evolved to facilitate the deception of others. However, they ignore the subjective moral costs of deception and the crucial issue of credibility in self-deceptive speech. A self-signaling interpretation can account for the ritualistic quality of some self-deceptive affirmations and for the often-noted gap between what self-deceivers say and what they truly believe.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)34-35
    Number of pages2
    JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
    Volume34
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Feb 2011

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