Your Cheating Art?

The Harvard student cheating scandal. The Atlanta schools score-changing scandal. Pirated movies, overblown mileage reports, rounded-up receipts. Not to mention Madoff, Petters, and Hecker. 

Cheating seems widespread these days. Now, research points to why: we get a neurological lift when we get away with something. A study published recently in The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology showed that many of us actually feel happy after cheating, as long as we believe we’re not hurting anyone. The IRS isn’t people, right?             —Diane Richard, writer, October 9


Image: Lars Leetaru 

Source: JAN HOFFMAN, “Cheating’s Surprising Thrill,” New York Times, October 7, 2013