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Understanding self-deception demands a co-evolutionary framework

  • Steven W. Gangestad (a1)
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The foundational theme of the target article is that processes of self-deception occur in a functional context: a social one through which self-deceptive processes enhance fitness by affecting an actor's performances. One essential component of this context not addressed explicitly is that audiences should have been selected to resist, where possible, enhancements falsely bolstered by self-deception. Theoretical implications follow.

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Rice W. R. & Holland B. (1997) The enemies within: Intragenomic conflict, interlocus contest evolution (ICE), and the intraspecific Red Queen. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 41:110.
Searcy W. A. & Nowicki S. (2005) The evolution of animal communication: Reliability and deception in signaling systems. Princeton University Press.
Trivers R. (1985) Deceit and self-deception. In: Social evolution, pp. 395420. Benjamin/Cummings.
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Behavioral and Brain Sciences
  • ISSN: 0140-525X
  • EISSN: 1469-1825
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