Navigation Links
When Someone Is Watching, You're Less Inclined to Do Bad Things
Date:3/11/2011

FRIDAY, March 11 (HealthDay News) -- People would prefer to allow bad things to happen rather than cause them, especially if they know others are watching, says a new study.

This is because people know others are more likely to think badly of them if they do something wrong rather than if they simply let it happen, according to the research in the journal Psychological Science.

"Omissions and commissions (of sin) come up relatively frequently in everyday life, and we sometimes puzzle over them," Peter DeScioli, a moral psychologist at Brandeis University, said in a journal news release. "If a cashier gives you an extra $20 bill at the register, some people think it's okay to keep the money, but many of those people would never just swipe the $20 if the cashier wasn't looking."

It's long been believed that this is because the brain makes different moral calculations when processing sins of omission (not giving the $20 back) and sins of commission (stealing a $20 bill).

But in an experiment involving money, DeScioli and his colleagues found that people actually tend to make these types of moral decisions based on how others might judge them.

The researchers recruited subjects through Amazon.com's Mechanical Turk website, which pays people small amounts of money to do something. People could either take 90 cents of a dollar away from an owner or let a 15-second timer run out, after which the whole dollar was taken away from the owner, a 15-cent penalty was taken out, and the rest (85 cents) was given to the taker. Sometimes a third person was allowed to judge the taker's actions and take money away from them for acting wrongly.

When the participants knew someone was there to judge them, 51 percent of them let the timer run out (even though this was worse for everyone financially). The percentage was significantly greater than those who let the timer run out when there was no outside person to judge them.

And the participants were correct in their prediction: the third person did judge them more harshly if they "stole" the 90 cents, leaving the owner with 10 cents, rather than if they let the timer run out and the owner was left with nothing.

This type of research will help psychologists learn more about the relationship between moral decisions people make on their own (conscience) and decisions influenced by negative judgments by others (condemnation), DeScioli said.

More information

For more on moral education, visit the University of Illinois at Chicago.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Psychological Science, news release, March 7, 2011


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

Related medicine news :

1. Fear of Scary Things May Be Learned
2. Could Anger Make People Want Things More?
3. What are babies made of? Research shows for some it is sugar, salt and not all things nice
4. Aesthetic Society Launches Project Beauty, NEW Consumer Website Covering All Things Beauty
5. Why Some Like Things Salty
6. Its the little things: Everyday gratitude as a booster shot for romantic relationships
7. Scientists find out why living things are the size they are -- and none other
8. Bloggermoms Releases 'Top 10 Things to do with Kids for Earth Day, Earth Week and Earth Month'
9. First Ever Virtual Autism Conference Featuring Temple Grandin and 16 speakers to discuss: “Things To Know About Autism” April 10th-11th.
10. Transition into adult health care is a rocky road for 20 somethings
11. Naptime Helps Babies Remember New Things
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
When Someone Is Watching, You're Less Inclined to Do Bad Things
(Date:6/27/2016)... ... June 27, 2016 , ... "FCPX editors can now ... of Final Cut Pro X," said Christina Austin - CEO of Pixel Film Studios. ... Final Cut Pro X users can now reveal the media of their split ...
(Date:6/27/2016)... , ... June 27, 2016 ... ... the patient payment industry today announced its strategic partnership with Connance, a ... workflows. , The two companies’ proven, proprietary technology combine to provide health ...
(Date:6/27/2016)... Park, KS (PRWEB) , ... June 27, 2016 , ... ... in retailers of Eyeglasses . , Millions of individuals in the United States ... eyeglasses have become a way to both correct vision and make a fashion statement. ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... ... 2016 , ... On June 10-11, 2016, A Forever Recovery, a holistic treatment ... Longest Breakfast Table in Battle Creek, MI, where the rehabilitation facility is located. This ... of the world’s leading providers of cereal and other breakfast foods. Its residents often ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... ... June 26, 2016 , ... PawPaws brand pet supplements ... was developed to enhance the health of felines. The formula is all-natural and is ... herbs in the PawPaws Cat Kidney Support Supplement Soft Chews are Astragalus ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... OAKLAND, N.J. , June 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ ... in the design, development and manufacturing of collagen ... and regeneration announced today that Bill Messer ... Sales and Marketing to further leverage the growing ... surgery medical devices. Bill joins the ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... Va. , June 24, 2016 The ... set of recommendations that would allow biopharmaceutical ... (HCEI) with entities that make formulary and coverage decisions, ... the "value" of new medicines. The recommendations ... does not appear on the drug label, a prohibition ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... , June 24, 2016   Pulmatrix, Inc ., ... developing innovative inhaled drugs, announced today that it was ... Investments reconstituted its comprehensive set of U.S. and ... "This is an important milestone for Pulmatrix," said Chief ... shareholder awareness of our progress in developing drugs for ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: