We're More Honest in the Morning
As the day goes on, our scruples grow weary
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Mar 2, 2014 4:17 PM CST

(Newser) – Never trust anyone after lunch. People tend to be a lot more scrupulous in the morning, a new study from Harvard and University of Utah researchers suggests. In a series of experiments, people were asked to solve math problems—some of which were impossible—either in the morning or afternoon, and were told they'd be paid five cents per correct answer. They were then asked to self-report their scores. The result: Afternoon people were 20% to 50% more likely to cheat, the Harvard Business Review reports.

Our self-restraint is stronger in the morning because our energy stores are higher, Scientific American explains. As our batteries drain—and this study suggests that even everyday activities drain them—we become less ethical. Another factor is sleep, which is needed to recharge our moral batteries.

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Mar 3, 2014 7:51 AM CST
a new study from Harvard and University of Utah researchers!! NOW 1 QUESTION!! was this study done in the morning or after lunch when the researchers did this? get it now!!
Mar 2, 2014 9:01 PM CST
Does the writer trust people BEFORE lunch? I wouldn't...this is a relative study. How honest were the before lunch folks? Inquiring minds want to know...and who funded this bit of earth shaking research?
Mar 2, 2014 7:26 PM CST
More Honest in the Morning? Not if you're trying to get some cooch? Guys say what they have to say, whenever... As for women, they'll say "You were great last night".