The feeling of being watched makes people act more honestly, even if the eyes are not real, a study suggests.This should substantially improve the veracity in the comments.
A Newcastle University team monitored how much money people put in a canteen "honesty box" when buying a drink.
They found people put nearly three times as much in when a poster of a pair of eyes was put above the box than when the poster showed flowers.
The brain responds to images of eyes and faces and the poster may have given the feeling of being watched, they say. ***
The scientists believe their findings may have applications in initiatives to curb anti-social behaviour or for law enforcement.
"It does raise the possibility that you could get people to behave more co-operatively or pro-socially by putting up pictures of eyes," said Dr Bateson.
"It would work particularly in instances where people have to make a choice between whether to behave well or badly."
Friday, July 21, 2006
Fake Eyes Boost Honesty
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