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Scientist Dan Ariely’s research is rounded out with revealing interviews from real-life liars, including everyone from a woman who hid a favourite dessert from her children so she could eat it herself to headline-grabbing cheaters in finance, sports and academia.Thinkstock

There are no bells and whistles here, just lots of talking heads covering one fascinating topic: Why and how people lie.

Director Yael Melamede partners with behavioural scientist Dan Ariely at Duke University to explain that lying is a universal behaviour that becomes more prevalent the more we can distance ourselves from it or justify it as something everyone else is doing.

Ariely's research is rounded out with revealing interviews from real-life liars, including everyone from a woman who hid a favourite dessert from her children so she could eat it herself to headline-grabbing cheaters in finance, sports and academia.

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