Creative thinkers are more likely to cheat as they can come up with elaborate explanations to justify their actions, researchers claim.
The psychologists tested a range of students and found that those with vivid imaginations cheated in order to get a bigger financial prize.
The students then used their creative thinking skills to come up with different reasons for their actions and ultimately assuage their guilt.
Scientists say the practical implications of the results are that creative people may be more at risk in the work place when faced with ethical dilemmas.
‘Greater creativity helps individuals solve difficult tasks across many domains,’ study researcher Francesca Gino of Harvard University said in a statement, according to LiveScience.
‘But creative sparks may lead individuals to take unethical routes when searching for solutions to problems and tasks.’
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