Blog post 2

These past few weeks we have been focusing on looking at lying and the morals and ethics that go along with it from more of a psychology viewpoint. When psychologists study why people lie they use statistics and experiments and surveys to gather data. We have looked at multiple readings that are examples of these experiments. We’ve read Depaulo’s work where after a survey came to the conclusion that on average college students lie 2 times a day versus other community members who lied one. Everyone lies and cheats for different reasons and it is very interesting learning about how they justify it in their own way.  This study also found that most tell more self-centered lies rather than lies to help others. But what was really interesting was that this was not the case when studying just women, women tend to tell more lies in the interest of others, not for there own self-interest.  What I found most interesting to read was Ariely’s work where he applied SMORC. He had a series of experiments where he would test people’s willingness to cheat if their chance of getting caught was lower. He had the participants answer a certain amount of problems in a certain amount of time and then used those averages to then conduct one where he instructed after for them to shed their paper and come up and verbally express how many they completed. In this case, they found that on average they were completing 2 more than the data before indicated. Showing that if the likely hood was less of them getting caught then they were more likely to cheat. They also tested taxi drivers and their willingness to take the extra buck if given the chance. They had one blind woman and one woman who could see take cabs the same distance and told the cab driver to run the meter. Results came to indicate the blind women actually had to pay less than the other women. Which for me personally restored faith in humans. I really enjoy looking at why people do what they do through clear cut experiments like these.

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