It might seem odd, but people who tend to follow their ‘gut instinct’ may be less likely to cheat, according to a new study.
Previous research has found that intuition, defined as ‘the ability to understand something immediately, without the need for conscious reasoning’ by the study’s authors, can shed light on all manner of characteristics and behaviours, from depression to social intelligence.
Now Sarah J. Ward and her psychology professor Laura A. King have found that intuitive people are less likely to cheat or commit immoral acts.
More than 100 participants answered a questionnaire relating to intuition and were then told to write about a time they acted immorally before taking an unsolvable test.
They were told the top performers would receive a lottery ticket as an incentive to cheat.
Those who relied on ‘gut instinct’ were less likely to cheat, the study found, though one idea that arose from the findings was that people try to balance out past bad behaviour by acting morally in the present.