Darshan Panesar, a research assistant andnine-year old Amelia Tong demonstrate Functional near-Infraredspectroscopy technology. Why We Lie. June 2017. Photographs accompanied an article about the science of lying is a common human trait, done for a variety of reasons, from survival to personal aggrandizement. The people depicted are known for their lies from small lies necessary to more serious lies meant to bring fame or fortune.