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Temas em Psicologia

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VASCONCELLOS, Silvio José Lemos et al. Understanding lies based on evolutionary psychology: a critical review. Temas psicol. [online]. 2019, vol.27, n.1, pp. 141-153. ISSN 1413-389X.

The present article aims to propose a theoretical discussion regarding the role of lying based upon the Evolutionary Psychology perspective by shedding a new light on the main studies conducted in this area. In order to do so, this article addresses the phylogenies and ontogenies of the capability to lie, both suggesting that the rise of lying as a pro-social deed is intimately related with Homo sapiens incredibly broad and complex communication skills. Like so, the paper continues on expatiating on the underlying cognitive and neuronal mechanisms of lying and lying recognition, as well as the differences amongst genders concerning the ability to recognize deceit. Broadly, the present theoretic study may elucidate the current state of knowledge regarding the topic, thus signaling necessary and more promising paths for future studies to follow with the purpose of contributing to fields where the act of uttering lies is highly present, such as the judicial context.

Keywords : Evolutionary psychology; lying; deceit; evolution.

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