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Factors That Influence Dishonest Behaviour

by Savitha C Muppala on September 8, 2012 at 11:59 PM
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 Factors That Influence Dishonest Behaviour

People are more likely to fib when they are pressed for time, says a study that set out to determine whaat factors tend to influence dishonest behaviour.

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Psychological scientists Shaul Shalvi of the University of Amsterdam and Ori Eldar and Yoella Bereby-Meyer of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel, conducted two experiments on 70 adults.



"According to our theory, people first act upon their self-serving instincts, and only with time do they consider what socially acceptable behaviour is," Shalvi was quoted as saying in the journal Psychological Science.
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"When people act quickly, they may attempt to do all they can to secure a profit-including bending ethical rules and lying. Having more time to deliberate leads people to restrict the amount of lying and refrain from cheating," added Shalvi, according to a university statement.



"One implication of the current findings is that to increase the likelihood of honest behaviour in business or personal settings, it is important not push a person into a corner but rather to give him or her time," explained Shalvi.



"People usually know it is wrong to lie, they just need time to do the right thing."

Source: IANS
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