Submitted Wed, 03/26/2014 - 7:08am by BossFrog
A new study proves you really should go with your gut. It found that when it comes to detecting dishonesty, our initial instincts are better than our conscious minds. Researchers had participants watch video interviews with suspects in a mock robbery. All of the suspects said they hadn’t committed the crime, although some in fact had. Study participants were then asked to identify which “suspects” were lying and which ones were telling the truth. Based on their conscious answers, participants were right less than half of the time. But when researchers used behavioral reaction time tests to judge participants’ automatic, subconscious instincts, they found they were a lot more accurate. Experts believe humans may have an intuitive sense of honesty (and dishonesty) that is handicapped by conscious awareness