The psychology of getting conned. “THOMAS [The Human Oxytocin Mediated Attachment System] is a powerful brain circuit that releases the neurochemical oxytocin when we are trusted and induces a desire to reciprocate the trust we have been shown—even with strangers.” (via)

Posted: Monday November 24, 2008 by Alesh Houdek · Categories: Psychology · Comment feed: RSS, atom



  1. doctordenim    Nov 24, 10:35 AM #  

    Yes! Over-analyzing every human thought and emotion.

    I LOVE IT!

  2. alesh    Nov 24, 03:30 PM #  

    The take away from stuff like this is how much our free will is an illusion, and how much our day-to-day behavior is run by our lizard brain.

  3. doctordenim    Nov 24, 03:41 PM #  

    That is true, I hear the argument against free will often, but how is it that the lizard brain doesn’t will to find out that it does not have free will?

    No jk it’s just the cynicism I don’t like. I feel like people hate on the human intellect too much.

  4. swampthing    Nov 27, 12:04 PM #  

    Does not a con only work once?

  5. alesh    Nov 29, 08:02 PM #  

    drdenim~ I’m afraid it’s not anything to do with the human intellect… traditional “free will” can be disproven with pretty simple physics.

    But that’s not to say that we don’t make real choices. I like to think that our mind is the method by which the deterministic universe does its work. Just not our “conscious” mind.

    swampthing~ one good con X 6 billion people = quite a bit of upside.

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