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Money may corrupt, but thinking about time can strengthen morality | PsyPost


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“Our results suggest that finding ways to nudge people to reflect on the self at the time of temptation, rather than on the potential rewards they can accrue by cheating, may be an effective way to curb dishonesty.”

High-profile cases of fraud, scams, and other unethical behavior provide regular fodder for the 24-hour news cycle. But most unethical behavior is much more mundane:

“Less attention is given to the more prevalent ‘ordinary’ unethical behavior carried out by people who value and care about morality but behave unethically when faced with an opportunity to cheat,” says Gino.

Gino and Mogilner wondered whether boosting self-reflection might be one way to encourage people to follow their moral compass.

More about time affecting morality:

http://pandawhale.com/post/863/given-time-to-consider-people-become-more-truthful

http://pandawhale.com/post/1811/why-we-lie-wsjcom

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