Greed and Corruption

Cheatin’ Hearts

Free market principles that serve as the cornerstone of many western economies may serve as a sturdy foundation for fraud and deception, a psychological study show… More

  • Research suggests that in order to hold their heads up high despite their bad behavior, individuals may strategically “forget” their own immoral deeds... More

    Memories of Unethical Actions Fade Faster

    Research suggests that in order to hold their heads up high despite their bad behavior, individuals may strategically “forget” their own immoral deeds... More

  • In an analysis of public remarks by corporate fraudsters, psychological researchers identified certain speech patterns the executives fell into while lying. ... More

    To Spot a Liar, Listen Closely

    In an analysis of public remarks by corporate fraudsters, psychological researchers identified certain speech patterns the executives fell into while lying. ... More

  • Experimenters have found that implicitly activating the concept of time seems to reduce cheating behavior by encouraging people to engage in self-reflection... More

    Money May Corrupt, but Thinking About Time Can Strengthen Morality

    Experimenters have found that implicitly activating the concept of time seems to reduce cheating behavior by encouraging people to engage in self-reflection... More

  • Cultures that downplay self-determination and stress shared responsibility may serve as a catalyst for passing money under the table, a study suggests... More

    Greased Palm Psychology: Collectivism and Bribery

    Cultures that downplay self-determination and stress shared responsibility may serve as a catalyst for passing money under the table, a study suggests... More

  • Focusing on customer service can help to boost business performance, but high ethical standards also play an important role in driving these outcomes, researchers find... More

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    How Dishonest Behavior Can Turn Into Corporate Misconduct

    Focusing on customer service can help to boost business performance, but high ethical standards also play an important role in driving these outcomes, researchers find... More

  • Despite the threat of penalties, some people decide that the government won’t be getting their tax money. Psychological science shows what motivates some to pay and others not... More

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    The Taxman Cometh: Science Explains Why Some Pay and Others Evade

    Despite the threat of penalties, some people decide that the government won’t be getting their tax money. Psychological science shows what motivates some to pay and others not... More

  • Studies led by researchers at VU Amsterdam suggest that the path to corrupt behavior may sometimes be a steep cliff instead of a slippery slope, contrary to popular belief... More

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    When a “Golden Opportunity” to Bribe Arises, It’s Hard to Pass Up

    Studies led by researchers at VU Amsterdam suggest that the path to corrupt behavior may sometimes be a steep cliff instead of a slippery slope, contrary to popular belief... More

  • Data from archival and experimental studies indicate that exposure to air pollution, either physically or mentally, is linked with unethical behavior such as crime and cheating... More

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    Polluted Air May Pollute Our Morality

    Data from archival and experimental studies indicate that exposure to air pollution, either physically or mentally, is linked with unethical behavior such as crime and cheating... More

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