Most people have felt a temptation to cheat at some point in their lives, but often that temptation isn't acted upon. So what is it that makes a person more likely to do it?
According to the findings of a study recently published in the Journal of Applied Psychology, you're much more likely to cheat if you feel threatened or anxious.
Maryam Kouchaki of Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management and her team played either relaxing music or Bernard Herrmann's uneasy Psycho score to 63 students in order to induce feelings of calm or anxiety, respectively. The researchers asked the students how they felt after listening to the music, and those who'd heard the Psycho theme indicated that they felt more anxious and threatened than the others at the end of the study.