Toronto, Nov 24 (IANS) Many
people say they wouldn't cheat in a test, lie on a job application or
refuse to help a person in need. But if conditions are tweaked a bit, it
doesn't take too long for them to change their minds, experts say.
two studies that tested participants' willingness to behave immorally,
University of Toronto researchers discovered that people will behave
badly if doing it is easy, reports the journal Social Psychological and
'People are more likely to cheat and make
immoral decisions when their transgressions don't involve an explicit
action,' says Rimma Teper, doctoral student, who led the study.
they can lie by omission, cheat without doing much legwork, or bypass a
person's request for help without expressly denying them, they are much
more likely to do so,' he said.
In one study, participants took a
maths test on a computer after being warned there were glitches in the
system. One group was told if they pressed the space bar,