A new study from researchers at the University of Regina in Saskatchewan, Canada shows that just over half of study subjects were willing to lie for financial gain.
Researchers at the University of Regina in Canada shows that just over half of study subjects were willing to lie for financial gain.
The researchers used a group of 400 students to see what type of people would lie for direct financial gain based on personality or lifestyle characteristics.
Subjects gave the researchers their biological information and were put in pairs to either send or receive a message about how much money they would be given.
Responsibilities of the sender were to tell the receiver the two unequal amounts of either 5 dollars and 7 dollars or 5 dollars and 15 dollars, so they could choose which amount of money they wanted.
The receiver asked the sender about how much money they were supposed to get, and sometimes the sender would lie so as to receive the higher amount.
Since the subjects were all students, the group that turned out to be most likely to lie was business majors.
Also if the student’s parents were divorced, they were found to be more likely to lie about the amounts of money that were offered to them.