The relationship between cheating behavior and sensation-seeking

Academic Article


  • Academic dishonesty is a problem in academia and cheating is a problem in society at large. Sensation-seeking was proposed as a personality trait that is positively related to one's likelihood to cheat. A sample of 105 undergraduates participated in a research activity for course credit where cheating on a trivia game to win a cash prize by taking answers from a sealed folder was an option. As anticipated, sensation-seeking predicted cheating. Consistent with previous research, males were also more likely to cheat than females. Targeted interventions are suggested as a possible remedy. © 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
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    Author List

  • DeAndrea DC; Carpenter C; Shulman H; Levine TR
  • Start Page

  • 944
  • End Page

  • 947
  • Volume

  • 47
  • Issue

  • 8