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Early Birds vs. Night Owls: Varying Ethical Behavior

Aimee Goldfarb, Consumer Insights



A recent study shows that a person’s disposition to lying correlates to their preferred time of the day.  Sunita Sah, a co-author of the study explains, “Morning people are more ethical in the morning, but evening people are more ethical in the evening.”

This suggests that colleges and high schools should reconsider scheduling 8:00 a.m. tests, and corporations should consider only scheduling morning meetings. But don’t worry; you don’t have to change everything to match your schedule as the study also proved it’s possible to decrease your predisposition to unethical behavior. Therefore, those with “morning morality effect” can take an afternoon nap, refreshing their cognitive abilities, and decreasing their ability to lie. Siesta anyone?

Read more here: http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2014/07/morning-people-are-more-likely-to-lie-to-their-bosses-in-the-afternoon/374859/

Posted on August 4, 2014 .