Navigation Links
Creative Minds More Prone to Cheating
Date:11/29/2011

TUESDAY, Nov. 29 (HealthDay News) -- Creative thinkers are more likely to cheat than those who are less creative, perhaps because being an original thinker increases a person's ability to rationalize their actions, according to a new study.

Harvard and Duke University researchers conducted five experiments to determine whether creative people would cheat in situations where they could justify their dishonesty. The findings appear online in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

"Greater creativity helps individuals solve difficult tasks across many domains, but creative sparks may lead individuals to take unethical routes when searching for solutions to problems and tasks," lead researcher Francesca Gino of Harvard University said in a journal news release.

The participants' creativity and intelligence were tested and they were given a small amount of money just for showing up. In each experiment, they were given tasks or tests where they could get paid more if they took advantage of opportunities for cheating.

The chances to cheat were purposely staged by the researchers, but the participants didn't know that.

The study found that more creative people were much more likely to cheat and that there was no link between intelligence and dishonesty. For example, more intelligent but less creative people were not more likely to cheat.

"Dishonesty and innovation are two of the topics most widely written about in the popular press," the researchers wrote. "Yet, to date, the relationship between creativity and dishonest behavior has not been studied empirically. The results from the current article indicate that, in fact, people who are creative or work in environments that promote creative thinking may be the most at risk when they face ethical dilemmas."

More information

Nemours Foundation has more on children and cheating.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Nov. 28, 2011


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Christine P. Carrington, President of NurseTesting Creative Solutions, Inducted into Cambridge Who's Who
2. Optelec Gets Creative: CSUN San Diego and VisionZone Premier with Special Movie Debut
3. A.C. Moore Arts & Crafts, Inc. Offers Creative Way to Help Easter Seals and Families Living with Autism
4. The creative engagement and cardiac health connection disclosed
5. VisionQwest Global Group Signs Distribution Agreement with Creative Trade World, Inc.
6. Play Creatively as a Kid, Be a Healthier Adult
7. Evolve Creative Media Offers Competitive Market Analysis to Assist Small Businesses in Hamilton
8. Tampa Web Design and Internet Marketing Tampa Firm Recognized for Best Creative Website Work
9. Martek Biosciences and the National Center for Creative Aging Introduce New Brain Health Awareness Campaign, "Beautiful Minds: Finding Your Lifelong Potential"
10. Parkinsons patients sing in tune with creative arts therapy
11. States Get Creative in Raising Money for Breast Cancer Programs
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/8/2016)... ... February 08, 2016 , ... The Federal Laboratory ... federallabs.org . The site houses a wealth of federal resources that businesses can ... process called technology transfer (T2). As a network of over 300 federal laboratories, ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... ... 2016 , ... A man who has struggled to quit smoking, a man who has struggled ... to find solutions to his problems – and he did. Now Nabat, a serial entrepreneur ... introduce his breakthrough inventions to the world and better people's lives. His own experience with ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... ... 08, 2016 , ... The Bell Agency, a full service ... of their ongoing community enrichment program. The current campaign fundraises for Angels & ... now being accepted at: http://www.angelsanddoves.com/donate.html . , Angels & Doves was founded ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... ... February 08, 2016 , ... ... While a significant number of women and men with eating disorders report a ... that best predicts the development of an eating disorder. , At the ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... ... February 08, 2016 , ... TopConsumerReviews.com recently awarded their ... removal products. , Moles are derived from a cluster of melanin when exposed to ... wrong places and create a lifetime of embarrassment. Historically, mole removal has ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/8/2016)...  Ventana Medical Systems, Inc. (Ventana), a member of ... top oncologists, pathologists, research scientists and healthcare industry ... annual Tucson Symposium March 8-9 to learn about ... in cancer research and treatments that will impact ... Grogan , annually draws more than 500 global ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... -- http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/fqx6nz/global_skin ) has announced ... Equipment Market 2016-2020" report to their offering. ... announced the addition of the "Global Skin ... offering. --> Research and ... of the "Global Skin Protective Equipment Market ...
(Date:2/8/2016)... , Feb. 8, 2016  A research team led ... has discovered details of how the abnormal breakage and ... particularly aggressive form of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Such ... genetic mutations trigger overproduction of immature cells, called lymphoblasts. ... discoveries of the malfunction underlying the type called "Ph-like ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: