Shady behaviour

March 9, 2010


Be wary of people wearing sunglasses. According to new research published in Psychological Science, darkness — such as being in a lowly lit room but even from sporting a pair of shades — makes us believe we are shielded from people’s attention and inspection, leading us to behave more unethically.

In one of the experiments, participants wore sunglasses or clear glasses and were given money to share with a person in another room they’d been interacting with. Those wearing sunglasses acted more selfishly, giving way less of the money to the other person so they could pocket it for themselves.

Which has got me wondering: I’ve been coveting these Dior sunglasses. Does that in turn mean I’m subconsciously planning on acting immorally?

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