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 http://goo.gl/fb/erLEf
@doctorwhitecoat: Clubbing/bars? RT @DrVes People behaved more selfishly/dishonestly when in a dimly lit room or when wearin sunglasses http://goo.gl/fb/erLEf
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..."