The psychology of getting conned

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)

5 thoughts on “The psychology of getting conned

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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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