Subscribe to our free daily newsletters
. Earth Science News .

Subscribe to our free daily newsletters

Groups are more likely to lie than individuals, new study shows
by Brooks Hays
Washington (UPI) Sep 6, 2017

A new study has offered insights into the nature of dishonesty among groups. Researchers found groups of people were more likely to lie than individuals were.

During the study, scientists at the Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich recruited paid participants to watch videos of dice rolls and record the number on the face of the rolled die. Participants received a larger monetary reward for larger numbers.

Participants performed both as individuals and in groups. In some groups, researchers stipulated that all members had to record the same die roll to receive their reward. In other groups, rewards were contingent on group consistency. Members of each group were able to communicate in a computer chatroom.

"We observed that groups lie significantly more than individuals when group members face mutual financial gain and have to coordinate an action in order to realize that financial gain," LMU researcher Martin G. Kocher said in a news release.

When researchers analyzed the chatroom messages, they found 43.4 percent of the messages included arguments for dishonest reporting.

Most surprisingly, researchers found the number of group members who had acted dishonestly during the individual portion of the study had no bearing on whether or not a group lied.

"The ability for group members to exchange and discuss potential justifications for their dishonest behavior can create an overall shift in the group's beliefs of what constitutes moral behavior," said researcher Lisa Spantig.

"This allows them to establish a new norm regarding what does or does not constitute dishonest behavior," added researcher Simeon Schudy.

The findings -- detailed this week in the journal Management Science -- offer new insights into how organizational corruption can encourage dishonesty among dozens of group members or employees.

Researchers cited the bankruptcies of WorldCom and Enron, as well as the recent emissions scandal at Volkswagen, as evidence of group-facilitated dishonesty.

Grammatical patterns survive extreme social upheaval
Washington (UPI) Sep 5, 2017
New research suggests creoles inherit their basic grammatical structures from the languages spoken at the time and place of their emergence. Creole languages are hybridized languages. They're often born of harsh social conditions and upheaval, such as colonial slaveries, when disparate groups of people are forced quickly forge ways of communicating. Creoles from all over the glob ... read more

Related Links
All About Human Beings and How We Got To Be Here

Thanks for being here;
We need your help. The SpaceDaily news network continues to grow but revenues have never been harder to maintain.

With the rise of Ad Blockers, and Facebook - our traditional revenue sources via quality network advertising continues to decline. And unlike so many other news sites, we don't have a paywall - with those annoying usernames and passwords.

Our news coverage takes time and effort to publish 365 days a year.

If you find our news sites informative and useful then please consider becoming a regular supporter or for now make a one off contribution.

SpaceDaily Contributor
$5 Billed Once

credit card or paypal
SpaceDaily Monthly Supporter
$5 Billed Monthly

paypal only

Comment using your Disqus, Facebook, Google or Twitter login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

Global split over Rohingya crisis as China backs Myanmar crackdown

Sometimes 'sorry' makes things worse

With Irma goodwill gesture, Tesla's remote control raises eyebrows

Christchurch's quake-hit cathedral to be rebuilt

New microscopy method for quick and reliable 3-D imaging of curvilinear nanostructures

Chinese video site offers virtual escape from 'boring' reality

Non-thermal atmospheric pressure plasma treatment for leather products

Bit data goes anti-skyrmions

Taking a deep breath in the North Atlantic

Vulnerable Pacific states demand urgent climate action

More 'losers' than 'winners' predicted for Southern Ocean seafloor animals

Your tap water may contain plastic, researchers warn

Experts call for added focus on the impact of glacier mass loss on downstream systems

Massive Antarctic volcanic eruptions linked to abrupt Southern hemisphere climate changes

What changes when you warm the Antarctic Ocean just 1 degree

Record-low 2016 Antarctic sea ice due to 'perfect storm' of tropical, polar conditions

Scientists developed 'smart fertilizer'

prices jump as Irma approaches Florida

Disneyland China falls a-fowl of huge turkey leg demand

Drought response in global crops may be as complex as day and night

Mourners sob, sift wreckage of huge Mexico quake

Why Irma wasn't as catastrophic in Florida as feared

At least 10 dead in Cuba from Irma: official

Mexico quake kills 65, deadly storm strikes

DRCongo troops chasing reporter 'force entry' at UN base

Angolans vote as Dos Santos ends 38-year rule

Death toll in SLeone flood disaster reaches 441

Africa Endeavor 2017 communications conference starts in Malawi

Large-scale study of genetic data shows humans still evolving

Groups are more likely to lie than individuals, new study shows

Humans are still evolving, study suggests

Grammatical patterns survive extreme social upheaval

Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News

The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2017 - Space Media Network. All websites are published in Australia and are solely subject to Australian law and governed by Fair Use principals for news reporting and research purposes. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA news reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. All articles labeled "by Staff Writers" include reports supplied to Space Media Network by industry news wires, PR agencies, corporate press officers and the like. Such articles are individually curated and edited by Space Media Network staff on the basis of the report's information value to our industry and professional readership. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement