The Psychology of Lying: What Happens When You Tell A Lie? (INFOGRAPHIC)

Everybody does it every now and then, but many don’t admit doing it.  For some, it’s like a second nature but for others, it happens less often. Some do it to hide who they really are, to avoid being caught or to spare someone else’s feelings. You probably guessed it, I am talking about lying!

What happens when you lie

We don’t always lie on purpose, but whether we lie intentionally or not, do we really know how our body reacts when we lie? Well, the infographic below, created by Full Tilt Poker, explains exactly that. Furthermore, it will show you:

  • What happens in your brain when you lie
  • Eye movement when you lie
  • Who is lying and when 
  • How to spot a poker bluff

The statistics

Did you know that 15% of people admitted having told a lie at work in the last month and that 59% of those people did not feel guilty? Also, did you know that compulsive liars have up to 26% more white matter in the prefrontal cortex that most people? That’s why they are more capable of making connections between thoughts not actually connected.

The brain chemistry

On a more scientific basis, it seems that when we tell a lie, the brain chemistry that occurs while lying, involves three parts of our brain that are activated to help us lie better and more easily:

  • The frontal lobe to help us hide the truth
  • The limbic system because we are more anxious
  • The temporal lobe because it involves memory and mental imagery 

The psychology of lying

You will find below other facts and statistics about the psychology of lying and maybe you will be able to uncover the liars you encounter from now on!

Click on infographic to enlarge

The Psychology of Lying

Photo credit: KerriNikolePhotography/Flickr



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