List of Journal Articles: Secrecy and Deception

TL;DR: 37% of people would conform to the crowd consistently, and 75% conformed at least some of the time (Video Transcript)

Studies of Independence and Conformity: 1. A Minority of One Against a Unanimous Majority

TL;DR: 50% to 65% of people conform under the illusion of authority (Video).

Obedience to Authority An Experimental View


The Paradox of Secrecy by Beryl L. Bellman

“Secrecy and privacy are not really comparable concepts…”

“To reveal discreet knowledge requires the practice of tact, having the sense for knowing what to do or say in order to avoid offensive and to maintain good relationships with others.”

“I maintain that secrecy must be viewed as a method for handling concealed information… any information can be the content of a secret, it is only by the methods actually used for containing and transmitting such knowledge that secrecy can be isolated as a phenomenon for analysis.”


Enduring Illusions: The Social Organization of Secrecy and Deception by David R Gibson

“… we as sociologists have not made a practice of studying such things, which means we have turned away from society’s dark regions… That has left us ill-equipped to assist in the discovery of secrets… in the protection of those that need to be safeguarded.”

“I started this paper with the puzzle of how secrets and lies can be maintained for so long, given what would seem to be the continuous risk of truth leakage and entropic information diffusion. The answer I have proposed is that information is prevented from reaching those who would act on it by a series of barriers.”

Enduring Illusions: The Social Organization of Secrecy and Deception by David R Gibson Secrecy Barriers


Open Secrets and Knowing Smiles by Alena Ledeneva

Machiavellianism and sexual behavior: Motivations, deception and infidelity by Gayle Brewer, Loren Abell

Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who is the most masculine of them all? The Dark Triad, masculinity, and women’s mate choice by Minna T. Lyons, Urszula M. Marcinkowska, Samuli Helle, Laura McGrath

Building a Self-Regulatory Model of Sleep Deprivation and Deception: The Role of Caffeine and Social Influence by Welsh; Ellis ; Christian ; Mai ; Steve ; Chen

Evolution and psychology of self deception by William von Hippel

“Love the way you lie”: sexting deception in romantic relationships by Drouin ; Tobin ; Wygant

Brandwashed: Tricks Companies Use to Manipulate Our Minds and Persuade Us to Buy by Lindstrom