Self-Deception as a Tool for Deceiving Others (2012–2014)
Self-deception is a problem that has plagued philosophers and psychologists for centuries. Self-deception underlies numerous mistakes that have had catastrophic consequences for individuals, groups, and nations. The aim of the proposed research is to test the theory that self-deception evolved to facilitate the deception of others. By providing an understanding of self-deception that has its roots in evolutionary biology and is informed by modern research in social cognition, the proposed research has the potential to provide insight into a theoretical problem that is of great practical concern.