Psychology: Cons and THOMAS

Here’s a clever bit about how a con artist works the century old con, the pigeon drop.

The people who can do this con and other similar ones, it turns out, may suffer from a dysfunction in the THOMAS circuit of the brain, as described here. I think it’s interesting that we’re uncovering so much about how the human brain works, that in the near future we may be able to test the functionality of this circuit before entrusting such a person with wealth, responsibility or power. Whether that’s a good thing or not, I don’t know.

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