Past research has shown that being in a neat, clean environment can make people adopt higher moral standards. University of Minnesota psychologist Kathleen Vohs decided to take a closer look. Her team compared the behavior of people in tidy rooms versus cluttered ones. After spending time in one or the other, people were given a choice of a healthy snack or a treat, and a chance to donate to charity.
And what we found is that the people on the tidy room, the clean room, they were more likely to choose the apple over the chocolate bar, and they donated more money to charity.
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