Ethics

Why (Almost) All of Us Cheat and Steal

TIME: Behavioral economist Dan Ariely, who teaches at Duke University, is known as one of the most original designers of experiments in social science. Not surprisingly, the best-selling author’s creativity is evident throughout his latest book, The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty. A lively tour through the impulses that cause many More

The Moral Diet

The New York Times: In the 1970s, the gift shop at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts was an informal affair. It was staffed by about 300 mostly elderly volunteers, and there were cash drawers instead of registers. The problem was that of the shop’s $400,000 in annual revenue More

When Good People Behave Badly

The Huffington Post: I’m sitting on a plane to Washington, D.C., thinking about unethical behavior. (Insert your own politician joke here.) No, it’s not my impending proximity to Congress that has me pondering such matters. Rather, it’s that I’m headed to give a keynote address at the annual meeting of More

Sex and Trauma Research Is Less Upsetting to College Students Than Previously Assumed

Research on sex and trauma faces an ethical dilemma: how can we find out more about the effects of such psychologically sensitive topics without hurting the people who participate in the study? Institutional review boards that approve research on human subjects believe that asking people about sex and trauma is More