Navigation Links
Unanimous union: The mind and body together lean toward 'truthiness'
Date:1/24/2008

Truthiness, according to television satirist Stephen Colbert, represents the human preference to follow our intuition despite the presence of facts or evidence. For example, the more ambiguous an answer to a question, the more likely an individual will believe it is truthful.

At least that is what psychologists Rick Dale of the University of Memphis, Michael Spivey of Cornell University and the late Chris McKinstry found when they asked college students questions that ranged in levels of vagueness and tracked their corresponding arm movements to clicking yes or no on a computer screen.

Specifically, questions such as is murder sometimes justifiable" are considered ambiguous and could cause the sensation of being pulled in both directions at once; however, questions like can a kangaroo walk backwards" have a high probability of no responding.

The results of participants cursor movements suggested that the human brain thinks and acts at the same time, in contrast to what many researchers previously assumed: That the decision-making process was completed by the cognitive subsystem, or the brains thought center, before it was shared with other parts of the brain.

These dynamic data showed that participant arm movements had lower velocity and curved more toward the alternative response box during no responses than during yes responsessuggesting that we experience a general bias toward assuming statements are true, the authors explained.

The findings, which appear in the January 2008 issue of Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, suggest that the mind and body do in fact work together and the resulting collaboration may prompt us to lean toward truthiness.


'/>"/>

Contact: Katie Kline
kkline@psychologicalscience.org
202-783-2077
Association for Psychological Science
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1

Related medicine news :

1. FDA Advisory Committee Votes Unanimously to Recommend Approval of Tetrabenazine for Chorea Associated With Huntington Disease
2. Thoratec Announces Unanimous FDA Advisory Panel Recommendation for Approval of HeartMate II(R) for Bridge-to-Transplantation
3. Bald Women Get Their Heads Together in Southern California
4. Rotary International and Gates Foundation Together Commit $200 Million to Eradicate Polio
5. New Survey Reveals That Couples Want Vacation Time Together After the Stressful Holiday Season
6. NHCAA Annual Training Conference Bringing Together Law Enforcement, Health Insurers to Fight Health Care Fraud
7. Jefferson researchers show chemotherapy and radiation together extend lung cancer patients lives
8. Susan G. Komen for the Cure and Norris Cotton Cancer Center Bring Together 2008 Presidential Spouses, Doctors, Researchers and Advocates at Leadership Summit on Breast Cancer
9. Halloween Events on Californias Central Coast Bring Young and Old Together for a Ghoulish Good Time
10. Halloween Events in the Bay Area Bring Young and Old Together for a Ghoulish Good Time
11. Halloween Events in Southern California Bring Young and Old Together for a Ghoulish Good Time
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/1/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... May 01, 2016 , ... Good Circle ... in need of chiropractic help. The agency offers a verity of health, life and ... need. According to Chris Nelson at the firm, “Many insurance plans don’t cover chiropractic ...
(Date:4/30/2016)... ... April 30, 2016 , ... Saturday, April 30, marks World ... on public health. The World Veterinary Association (WVA) and the World Organization for ... continuing education with a One Health focus, which emphasizes how veterinarians pursue continuing ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... ... April 30, 2016 , ... ... products, announces the Pick Up Springboard, an automotive invention that improves the storage ... industry is worth $162 billion," says Scott Cooper, CEO and Creative Director of ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... ... April 29, 2016 , ... Shamangelic ... the addition Onnit brand Alpha BRAIN and New Mood Daily-Stress Formula for brain ... mood optimization products to the store is just one more way Shamangelic Healing ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... April 29, 2016 , ... ... student loans more flexibility in repaying their loans, more information about their loan ... time when total outstanding student loan debt, including federal and private loans, has ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:4/28/2016)... -- Oramed Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: ORMP ... the development of oral drug delivery systems, announced today that ... presented by Joseph Gunnar & Co. LLC, taking ... . Nadav Kidron , CEO of Oramed, will ... Presentation Details:   PIONEERS 2016, presented by ...
(Date:4/28/2016)... 28, 2016 TapImmune,Inc. (TPIV), ... peptide and gene-based immunotherapeutics and vaccines for the treatment of ... at the 3rd Annual Growth Capital Expo to ... 2016 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada.  The ... May 4 th by Dr. John N. Bonfiglio ...
(Date:4/27/2016)... 27, 2016 ... in Zürich gab Strekin AG den Start ... zur Erhaltung des Resthörvermögens von Patienten, denen ... die umfassende Phase-II-Doppelblindstudie mit Placebo-Kontrollgruppe werden momentan ... wird während der Operation direkt ins Mittelohr ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: