Involuntary conscious memory is the internal mechanism of self-deception and reduced cognitive load

Takeaway

  • Self-deception reduces cognitive load by means of internal and external mechanisms. Involuntary conscious memory (ICM) is the internal mechanism of self-deception; externally, a higher cognitive load leads to further self-deception.

Why this matters

    In human deception, cognitive load is an important indicator in recognizing deception; the role of ICM may help to explain how conscious memory is temporarily impaired in self-deception.