Perceptions, Intentions, and Cheating

Contribution: 
Research article
Keywords: 
lying
deception
moral hypocrisy
rationale for lying
rationalization
causes of deception
Reference: 
Hao, L., & Houser, D. (2013). Perceptions, Intentions, and Cheating. working paper. University of Arkansas. TBD [working paper]. s.doi.
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Abstract. We report data from a laboratory experiment demonstrating that cheating is significantly deterred when a possible intent to cheat must be revealed before (Planned), rather than after (Impulsive), a potentially dishonest act. Our data suggest subjects hide their cheating intentions while still manage to cheat for profit. Further, data from independent evaluators suggests a reason: the same action is more likely to be perceived as dishonest when cheating could have been planned, as opposed to when it seems impulsive. Finally, a type-classification analysis shows that the mixture of “maximum cheating” and “honest” types best characterize the cheating behavior, suggesting that “incomplete cheating” reported in the literature is not an intrinsic preference for being honest, but may rather be due to a preference for appearing honest. 

Note. This is a working paper. It was retrieved form the Authors web page on 30th of May, 2014. This is the exact link: http://comp.uark.edu/~lhao/perceptions.pdf The contents on this page and the direct link, may have changed since then.