- Think of a time when you told a lie. What was the reason? How did telling that lie make you feel? What did you have to do to prevent your lie from being found out?
- Was your lie discovered? If so, did that affect your relationship with the person or people you lied to?
- What has Timothy Levine’s research shown about how often people lie?
- What are prosocial lies? What are altruistic lies?
- What is the prefrontal cortex, and how is it involved in lying?
- What are executive function tasks? How are they involved in lying?
- Why is lying especially challenging for young people, according to Jennifer Vendemia?
- What are lifespan lies and how can they affect someone’s mental resources?
- What has research shown about the risks of prosocial lies?
- What have Neil Garrett and his colleagues discovered about how the brain adapts to lying over time?
- How can people cultivate a culture of honesty?
- Consider the mental and social risks of lying discussed in this story. How might that information influence your likelihood to lie in the future? Why?
- What are a few ways that building a culture of honesty could positively influence your life and community?