Research shows thinking about money can lead to unethical behavior

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[lin_video src=http://eplayer.clipsyndicate.com/embed/player.js?aspect_ratio=16×9&auto_next=1&auto_start=0&div_id=videoplayer-1371509244&height=480&page_count=5&pf_id=9624&show_title=1&va_id=4099856&width=640&windows=2 service=syndicaster width=640 height=480 div_id=videoplayer-1371509244 type=script]BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Researchers at Harvard University and the University of Utah say merely thinking about money can lead to unethical behavior.

Study participants were shown pictures of money and given puzzles with money-related themes.

The study revealed that those people were more likely to act unethically, whether it was stealing papers from the office of something more sinister.

Researchers say exposure to money put them in a business mindset, leading them to think of monetary benefit over morals.

The full study is available here.

Copyright 2013 WIAT-TV CBS 42

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