People behaved more selfishly and dishonestly when working in a dimly lit room or when wearing sunglasses

Researchers found that people working in a dimly lit room were more likely to cheat about their own performance on a task in order to earn more money than people working in a well-lit room.

Darkness may create a sense of illusory anonymity that disinhibits self-interested and unethical behaviors. It appears to induce a false sense of concealment, leading people to feel that their identities are hidden.

Dim Lighting and Sunglasses Encourage Unethical Behavior in Study. WebMD.
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Comments from Twitter and Facebook:

@scanman: RT @DrVes: when working in a dimly lit room

@doctorwhitecoat: Clubbing/bars? RT @DrVes People behaved more selfishly/dishonestly when in a dimly lit room or when wearin sunglasses

Mike Cadogan: "Recently started working in the office with the light on...feeling better and more energetic already, though not sure about the selfish/dishonest part..."

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