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We're more honest in the morning, new study suggests

We're More Honest in the Morning, New Study Suggests

The best part of waking up is ... knowing your morals are at their peak for the day! "Fox & Friends" has more: 'You may want to think twice before trusting someone after lunch. A new study suggesting that people are more honest in the morning than in the afternoon.'

So, is it that first cup of coffee that keeps us honest in the morning? HLN has the explanation: 'Researchers say that as our energy drains throughout the day we lose some self control, we become less ethical, and we're more likely to lie.'

327 people participated in studies at Harvard and the University of Utah. The men and women were assigned tasks that could measure cheating and even lying.

According to Scientific American, people who participated in a study in which they tried to solve some math problems were told that if they got questions right, they would get five cents for each problem. The study found that those who did it in the afternoon cheated more often.

Scientific American also reports the study hints that sleep is crucial for rebuilding moral muscle. So get a good night's rest, and remember -- some ethical decisions can wait until morning.

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Billy Rogers March 04 2014 at 6:24 AM

Except for the place from which I am not retired. Our 'illustrious Leader(s) were as prone to lying and other 'sundry' methods at any given time of the day.

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J. Craig Billy Rogers March 04 2014 at 7:07 AM

Hahha...well, those "Leaders" have been groomed for years to Lie! For them, it is a habit...they probably wouldn't know what the truth is.

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Billy Rogers March 04 2014 at 6:25 AM

That should be 'now', not 'not'.

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LL March 04 2014 at 3:02 PM

And why the cops wake up suspects early, and place them under that light .

If true, then we should schedule our meetings with our spouses and family in the mornings, over breakfast, right ?

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keedyk87 March 04 2014 at 12:23 PM

Anyone who could assign a time of day when People are most Honest has no idea of what Real Honesty is? Which is one of the biggest problem with most Americans and taught by example of their Political leaders!

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Velocity105 March 04 2014 at 9:40 AM

Please someone get rid of this Megan Mcleod, her voice is too loud and it grates on your nerves. Plus she's not pretty enough.

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mercymfa March 04 2014 at 11:04 AM

if you think you are a wise guy , got news for you. God is watching you.

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sethlefkow mercymfa March 04 2014 at 12:27 PM

I never cease to be amazed at the way cretins like you can inject God into every l'il ol' thing. I doubt that God (whoever she is) would ignore the fact that in Her name thousands were murdered today and focus, instead, on comments on a dumb-ass "study" by bored "scholars".

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bcheerful3 March 04 2014 at 8:52 AM

Yes, this makes perfect, absolute sense. We are more ourselves in the morning before the gutless, heartless, souless workplaces can corrupt our spirits and morph our morality. It may be a self denfense mechanism. My own former workplace was replete with petty, self motivating dirtbags generally these people were offered privileges by administration or they were in fact themselves administrators. There were a few really cool people too - usually in lesser roles. The Peter Principle takes a new life. Be a suckup creep and get ahead. Glad to be out of the game.

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sethlefkow bcheerful3 March 04 2014 at 12:29 PM

In other words, you failed in your workplace and "sour grapes" is your last "retort".

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Pantino4 March 04 2014 at 11:41 AM

although, LBW, could lie, anytime day or night.

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Pantino4 March 04 2014 at 11:40 AM

makes sense.

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Terry and Mandy March 05 2014 at 1:37 AM

Wow, this study sounds very scientific and precise. Who writes this crap anyway? Talk about meaningless drivel, this article exemplifies how having nothing to say can sound like something. I encounter liars at all hours of the day.

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