By: Dan Hass, 2nd year PhD candidate in the Neuroscience Graduate Program
When my 8-year old niece asks me what Santa Claus’s favorite reindeer is, I do not tell her that Santa does not actually exist. I try to keep her as happy as possible, and I tell a white lie.
Lying is not an uncommon phenomenon. It is estimated that, on average, Americans lie 1.65 times daily.
While most of these are white lies, a study in the United Kingdom found that approximately one out of every two people tells a self-defined ‘big lie’ every day. Although these data are not evenly distributed (a few people who lie a lot may skew the statistics), deception is a part of our every day life .