Neuroscience of Deception: Scans Reveal the Bluffing Brain
The best poker players are masters of deception. Theyâ€™re good at manipulating the actions of other players, while masking their own so that their lies become undetectable. But even the best deceivers have tells, and Meghana Bhatt from Baylor University has found some fascinating ones. By scanning the brains and studying the behaviour of volunteers playing a simple bargaining game, she has found different patterns of brain activity that correspond to different playing styles. These â€œneural signaturesâ€ separate the players who are adept at strategic deception from those who play more straightforwardly.
For more about what Bhatt’s study revealedâ€”and to figure out whether you’d be an “incrementalist,” a “conservative,” or a “strategist” kind of playerâ€”check out the rest of the post at DISCOVER blog Not Exactly Rocket Science.
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