As a part of study, all participants’ creativity and intelligence were tested before giving them a task. Participants were given a small amount of money just for showing up. In each experiments they were given tasks to get more paid, and were allowed to take advantages of the opportunities for cheating. The chances to cheat were purposely staged by the researchers, but the participants didn't know that.
Findings suggest that more creative people were much more likely to cheat and that there was no link between intelligence and dishonesty. For example, more intelligent but less creative people were not more likely to cheat.
Researcher’s view and Explanation
"Greater creativity helps individuals solve difficult tasks across many domains, but creative sparks may lead individuals to take unethical routes when searching for solutions to problems and tasks," lead researcher Francesca Gino of Harvard University said in a journal news release.
"Dishonesty and innovation are two of the topics most widely written about in the popular press," the researchers wrote. "Yet, to date, the relationship between creativity and dishonest behaviour has not been studied empirically.
The findings appear online in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.
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