Self-Deception and Emotional Coherence

Research paper by Baljinder Sahdra, Paul Thagard

Indexed on: 01 May '03Published on: 01 May '03Published in: Minds and Machines


This paper proposes that self-deception results from the emotional coherence of beliefs with subjective goals. We apply the HOTCO computational model of emotional coherence to simulate a rich case of self-deception from Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter.We argue that this model is more psychologically realistic than other available accounts of self-deception, and discuss related issues such as wishful thinking, intention, and the division of the self.