Imagine: Briefcases full of cash. Scrooge McDuck diving into his swimming pool vault of gold coins. Winning $100 at a blackjack table. Feeling a little dishonest yet?
Just thinking about getting our grubby little hands on some cold hard cash can make us more likely to cheat, according to a new study in Psychological Science. Oddly enough, thinking about time seems to make people more honest.
In a series of four experiments, Francesca Gino of Harvard Business School–whose previous research has found links between cheating and creativity–and Cassie Mogilner of the Wharton School found that participants primed to think of money were more likely to behave unethically on various lab tasks than those who received a neutral prime. People who were prompted to think about time behaved the most ethically. A little more than 87% of the participants in one of the experiment’s money conditions cheated, compared to almost 67% of the control group and around 42% of people in the time condition.
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