Journal of Nonverbal Behavior

, Volume 12, Issue 4, pp 295–307 | Cite as

The evolution of deception

  • Charles F. BondJr.
  • Michael Robinson


Deception has evolved under natural selection, as has the capacity to detect deceit. In this article, we describe the adaptive significance of deception in plants, fireflies, octopi, chimpanzees, andHomo sapiens. We review behavior genetic research to find that heredity affects human deceptiveness and theorize that genetically-transmitted anatomical features prefigure human success at deceit.


Social Psychology Natural Selection Anatomical Feature Genetic Research Adaptive Significance 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Charles F. BondJr.
    • 1
  • Michael Robinson
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyTexas Christian UniversityFort Worth

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