After Cheating On A Test, People Claim To Have Known The Answers Anyway

Cheating is common, ranging from benign instances like looking up an answer on your phone during a pub quiz, to the fairly major, such as using a series of coughs to fraudulently bag yourself a million pounds on a popular TV game show. But wherever we fall on that scale, research suggests, we’re still likely to think of ourselves as honest and trustworthy.

There’s something of a tension here — we’re seemingly both prone to cheating and convinced of our own integrity. But a new study has an explanation for this apparent contradiction: when we cheat, we claim we knew the answers all along. Continue reading →

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