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Xavier Seron

The Lie

Xavier Seron is a doctor of neuropsychology. Internationally known for his work on the cognitive rehabilitation of brain-damaged patients and on digital cognition, for many years he was director of the Rehabilitation Center at the Cliniques universitaires Saint-Luc in Brussels and led a research team in cognitive neuropsychology at the Université catholique de Louvain in Belgium. He has been president of the French Language Neuropsychology Society (SNLF), and is a member of the Belgian Royal Academy. He currently works as a medical and legal expert in Brussels.
Why do we lie? Are we all liars? Do animals lie? Are there contexts that encourage lying? Are there individuals who are more talented in lying than others? What is a successful lie? And also, how can we know if someone is lying to us?

Written in clear and concise language, this book presents the current state of research in psychology and in cognitive neuroscience on all these questions and on those recently raised by the appearance of lies on the internet and social media.

At a time when some suggest that when people tell lies they are simply expressing a difference of opinion, here is a particularly welcome work on the underbelly of lies, and on their possible detection.