Title

How Honest are People? An Examination of the Effect of Pro-Social Behavior , and an Honor Code, Upon Cheating.

Date

6-1-2017 8:30 AM

End Time

1-6-2017 10:30 AM

Location

WUC Pacific Room

Department

Behavioral Sciences

Session Chair

Jaime Cloud

Session Title

Behavioral Sciences poster Session

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Jaime Cloud

Presentation Type

Poster session

Abstract

The current study attempted to examine the interaction, if any, between pro-social behavior and self concept maintenance, in relation to cheating behavior. The hypothesis predicted participants would cheat at an increased rate when someone else benefited from their cheating, but only when there was no honor code to decrease the participants feeling of anonymity. This paper attempts to reveal the effect of pro-social behavior upon cheating by allowing participants to think they can help themselves, as well as someone else, by cheating, Participants were told a future participant would gain an additional point if they scored higher on a test than was possible. Another group of participants were given the same test, also encouraged to cheat, but were first asked to sign a hypothetical Honor code. The prediction being that the Honor code would decrease a participant's feeling of anonymity, and thereby decrease cheating, regardless of the presence or absence of a pro-social motivator. Data will be analyzed using a two way Analysis of Variance. Implications of the data collected as well as future directions will be discussed.

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Jun 1st, 8:30 AM Jun 1st, 10:30 AM

How Honest are People? An Examination of the Effect of Pro-Social Behavior , and an Honor Code, Upon Cheating.

WUC Pacific Room

The current study attempted to examine the interaction, if any, between pro-social behavior and self concept maintenance, in relation to cheating behavior. The hypothesis predicted participants would cheat at an increased rate when someone else benefited from their cheating, but only when there was no honor code to decrease the participants feeling of anonymity. This paper attempts to reveal the effect of pro-social behavior upon cheating by allowing participants to think they can help themselves, as well as someone else, by cheating, Participants were told a future participant would gain an additional point if they scored higher on a test than was possible. Another group of participants were given the same test, also encouraged to cheat, but were first asked to sign a hypothetical Honor code. The prediction being that the Honor code would decrease a participant's feeling of anonymity, and thereby decrease cheating, regardless of the presence or absence of a pro-social motivator. Data will be analyzed using a two way Analysis of Variance. Implications of the data collected as well as future directions will be discussed.