Is lying bad for your health?
Bad news for hoaxers -- A new scientific study reports that lying less results in better health. (Links: apa.org
The study hasn't been peer-reviewed/published yet, but preliminary results were reported at the 120th Convention of the American Psychological Association. The study tracked 110 people, half of whom were instructed to tell fewer lies for 10 weeks, and the other half received no special instructions about lying. At the end of 10 weeks, the non-liers reported significantly better health.
What I wonder is how the researchers could know that the no-lying group wasn't lying about lying less. The researchers said they gve the participants regular polygraph tests, but those tests aren't exactly reliable.
Also, ten weeks is a fairly short span of time. The apparent effect might disappear over one or two years.
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