|The study revealed that those who cheated on the test were happy rather than remorseful.|
Posted by Neill Abayon
Most of us would hopefully not consider cheating, particularly in serious situations. The feeling of guilt would overcome us. Or would it? New research suggests that cheaters are more likely to feel upbeat than remorseful following a dishonest deed.
Researchers from the University of Washington, Harvard University, University of Pennsylvania and London Business School conducted a study that analyzed people's emotions following the act of an "unethical" deed.
The study, published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, involved more than 1,000 participants from England and the US. Around 400 were from the general public aged between late 20s and early 30s, while the remaining participants were in their 20s and attending university.
The participants were required to carry out a series of six experiments, which involved a variety of tests and puzzles. Before and after all experiments, the subjects were asked to complete questionnaires regarding their emotions.
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