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Gingersnap
03-01-2010, 05:52 PM
Darkness Begets Dishonesty, Study Finds
Jeanna Bryner

livescience.com Mon Mar 1, 12:31 pm ET
Dim lights can make it seem as if no one is watching, triggering moral transgressions in many people, a new study suggests.

Past research has shown that when people are concealed from view by others, say when they are wearing hoods, these individuals will be more likely to commit criminal acts and other bad behaviors.

But what about times when we're not actually anonymous - people can see us - yet we feel like we're hidden? The researchers of the new study describe it as the adult version of hide-and-seek: Kids often believe no one can see them when they cover their eyes even though they are hiding in plain sight. Turns out, a dark room can have a similar psychological effect on adults.

The results could play out in real-life office behavior, the researchers say. "Imagine that a person who is alone in a closed room is deciding whether to lie to a total stranger in an e-mail. Clearly, whether the room is well lit would not affect the person's actual level of anonymity," Chen-Bo Zhong of the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management and colleagues write in a recent issue of the journal Psychological Science.

In one experiment, 84 college students were placed in a dimly or well-lit room and were given two envelopes - one containing $10 and the other empty. Participants then had five minutes to complete a test in which they had to pick out two numbers that added up to 10 from each of 20 matrices. For each pair of numbers correctly identified participants could keep $0.50 from their money supply. The catch: Participants scored their own work, and they figured out how much money they got to keep, and transfer to the empty envelope, at the end of the experiment.

They all fared the same on the tests, though participants in the dim room cheated more than their counterparts. While those in the well-lit room reported an average of 7.8 correctly solved matrices, the dim-room students indicated an average of 11.5 correct responses. That resulted in a $1.85 difference in payout.

In another experiment students wore sunglasses or clear glasses while playing a money game in which they had to allocate some portion of $6 to a random stranger. Those wearing shades acted more selfishly, giving significantly less to partners, an average of $1.81, than did those with clear glasses who gave about $2.71 to partners.

Another round of this game with a different group of students showed that participants with sunglasses felt a greater sense of anonymity than those with clear glasses. For instance, the sunglass wearers were more likely to agree on average with statements such as: I was anonymous during the study; my choice went unnoticed during the study. And they were more likely to disagree with: I was watched during the study; and others were paying attention to my behavior during the study.

Mom was right? :eek:

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Articulate_Ape
03-01-2010, 06:30 PM
So, all those Muslim broads running around in burqas are a bunch of lying bitches then. I just knew it, but I could never call them out on it because they all look alike to me.

Bubba Dawg
03-01-2010, 09:31 PM
So, all those Muslim broads running around in burqas are a bunch of lying bitches then. I just knew it, but I could never call them out on it because they all look alike to me.

http://i254.photobucket.com/albums/hh87/Bubbadawg/pointlessfamilyphotooftej1.jpg

Say Goat Cheese.....

FlaGator
03-01-2010, 10:34 PM
Doesn't Jesus say something about his? Let me thing... oh yeah!


This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God."

John 3:19-21

noonwitch
03-02-2010, 09:14 AM
My dad always said he'd never eat at a restaurant where it was too dark to see his food.

Rebel Yell
03-02-2010, 09:56 AM
http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q3/Misselaineous10/charliemurphy.gif

Darkness!!!!!!!

AmPat
03-02-2010, 10:01 AM
My dad always said he'd never eat at a restaurant where it was too dark to see his food.

I'm like that. I've seen too much to permit darkness from seeing the vile stuff restaurants serve. I've had dirty utensils, plates, glasses (my wife had some cloudy nastiness in her water glass Sunday that nearly gagged me). I've had hair etc. My dad once found a tooth in a box of breaded shrimp. What a horror movie that would make, shrimp with teeth.:eek: