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How the Brain Responds to Deceptive Advertising

Listerine Advertisement 1932Via ScienceDaily:

Several specific regions of our brains are activated in a two-part process when we are exposed to deceptive advertising, according to new research conducted by a North Carolina State University professor. The work opens the door to further research that could help us understand how brain injury and aging may affect our susceptibility to fraud or misleading marketing.

The study utilized functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to capture images of the brain while study participants were shown a series of print advertisements. The fMRI images allowed researchers to determine how consumers’ brains respond to potentially deceptive advertising. “We did not instruct participants to evaluate the ads. We wanted to mimic the passive exposure to advertising that we all experience every day,” says Dr. Stacy Wood, Langdon Distinguished Professor of Marketing at NC State and co-author of a paper describing the research.

Participants were exposed to three pre-tested advertisements that were deemed “highly believable,” “moderately deceptive” or “highly deceptive.” The ads were also pre-tested to ensure that they were for products that consumers found equally interesting and desirable — leaving the degree of deception as the only significant variable.

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Fox News’ Visually Distorted Charts

FlowingData points out a recent graphic from a story on Fox News showing the unemployment rate changes under Obama. The numbers are presumably correct, but do not seem to correspond to the rise and fall of the visual, in which, for instance, 8.6 is a higher number than 8.8 or 8.9. Ah, the “Fox Chart” — what does it mean? Is it a work of postmodern art?

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The Road to the Iraq War Will Happen Again

Saddam CapturedThe power of the corporate media to deceive the people is simply astonishing, but, mind you, it depends on an already distracted, ignorant, semi-passive multitude whose marching values have been carefully cultivated.

In 2003 we went into Iraq under scandalously false pretexts, guns blazing—bragging about our ability to deliver “shock and awe” with impunity (the mark of the bully) and with one goal in mind: to rob and rape that country blind of its riches. The official excuse was that Iraq and Saddam were mortal threats that had to be neutralized.

Within a matter of weeks if not days, the official line—adopted without missing a beat by the entire punditocracy—was that we had gone in “to save Iraq”, “make it a democracy,” and all the rest of the self-serving claptrap we use over and over again to justify our uber-criminal behavior.  With a straight face the official voices declared that those who had the audacity to resist our criminal violence were ingrates.… Read the rest

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Inability to Detect Sarcasm & Lies May Be Early Sign of Dementia, Study Shows

Groucho MarxVia ScienceDaily:

By asking a group of older adults to analyze videos of other people conversing — some talking truthfully, some insincerely — a group of scientists at the University of California, San Francisco has determined which areas of the brain govern a person’s ability to detect sarcasm and lies.

Some of the adults in the group were healthy, but many of the test subjects had neurodegenerative diseases that cause certain parts of the brain to deteriorate. The UCSF team mapped their brains using magnetic resonance imaging, MRI, which showed associations between the deteriorations of particular parts of the brain and the inability to detect insincere speech.

“These patients cannot detect lies,” said UCSF neuropsychologist Katherine Rankin, PhD, a member of the UCSF Memory and Aging Center and the senior author of the study. “This fact can help them be diagnosed earlier.”

The finding was presented April 14, 2011, at the 63rd Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Neurology in Hawaii, by Rankin and her postdoctoral fellow Tal Shany-Ur, PhD.

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Jesse Ventura Visits Disinformation (Video)

Ventura 63 DocsJesse Ventura resumed his conversation with Gary Baddeley while visiting disinformation's NYC offices to promote his new book, 63 Documents the Government Doesn't Want You to Read. They covered everything from joining Ron Paul in the 2012 presidential election to the fall of World Trade Center 7 on 9/11, discussing many topics along the way including Colony Collapse Disorder, fluoride in municipal water supplies, legalization of drugs, and much more.
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Stephen Colbert, Inspired by Senator Jon Kyl’s Big Planned Parenthood Lie, Introduces Twitter’s #NotIntendedToBeAFactualStatement

JonKylI think Stephen Colbert has found a great use for Twitter. A quick background on this from MSNBC's The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell:
Remember in Friday's "Rewrite" when we showed you the big lie Sen. Jon Kyl told on the Senate floor about Planned Parenthood? The lie that "well over 90%" of Planned Parenthood's services go to abortions? The lie that Sen. Kyl's staff later said "was not intended to be a factual statement" — a remark Lawrence [O'Donnell] called "one of the strangest clarifications in Senate history?" Well, we weren't the only ones who took notice. So did Stephen Colbert.
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Living In A World Of Lies

Pinocchio by Jim Dine. Photo: Mrkgrd (CC)

Pinocchio by Jim Dine. Photo: Mrkgrd (CC)

Lies have an interesting quality. Repeated often enough, lies become accepted as truth, and it must be said that our lives and our minds are filled with them. Filled with half-truths that are also half-lies, credulously accepted though unfounded rumors, filled with the lies of advertisers sowing insecurity and selling false satisfaction. But not all lies are created equal, some lies are useful, even necessary.

Our physical perception of the world is a kind of lie. Where science tells us there are swarms of swirling electrons, protons and neutrons we see a table or a dog. Our eyes lie to us by omission, registering only a narrow spectrum of all the light streaming into them. These are what we might call necessary and useful lies, simplifications of the truth that allow us to make sense of and interact with the world around us.

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Iraqi Defector Comes Clean About His WMD Lies

Meet Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi, CIA codename Curveball. He lied about Saddam Hussein's having biological weapons, giving the Bush administration the ammunition they needed in their push for an invasion of Iraq. Al-Janabi says he would do it all over again if he could -- the lesson being, don't trust anyone named Curveball.
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Liars Try To Wash Themselves Clean

Weird one this! From AOL News:

Liars: keep your supplies of mouthwash and hand sanitizer fully stocked.

Lying spurs the guilty parties to want to clean their “dirty” body parts, according to researchers at the University of Michigan. It’s yet another study to establish a connection between abstractions, like morality or worry, and more tangible experiences of purity or contentedness.

The study included 87 college students, who were asked to act the part of lawyers and imagine themselves competing for a promotion with a co-worker. In the scenario, each student was told they had stumbled across a document important to the co-worker’s chances and could reach out to him by email or voice mail — and either opt to tell the truth and hand it over, or fib and pretend they hadn’t found it.

And here’s where the twist comes in: The same students were then asked to complete a marketing survey, which included mouthwash and hand sanitizer, and evaluate how much they’d pay for each product.

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Even Your Pants Are Lying To You?

I don't believe Disinformation's first book, the Russ Kick anthology You Are Being Lied To, (now updated as You Are STILL Being Lied To), covered fashion, but this story made me think of it. Wow, as Americans, it seems that we don't want to accept even the truth about ourselves right beneath our noses. Abram Sauer writes on Esquire:
I've never been slim — I played offensive line in high school — but I'm no cow either. (I'm happily a "Russell Crowe" body type.) So I immediately went across the street, bought a tailor's measuring tape, and trudged from shop to shop, trying on various brands' casual dress pants. It took just two hours to tear my self-esteem to smithereens and raise some serious questions about what I later learned is called "vanity sizing." Your pants have been deceiving you for years. And the lies are compounding:
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