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Research: Two cups of coffee will make people more ethical

Caffeine MIght Make People More Honest

Well, here's another reason to brew some coffee in the morning! A new study by three college professors found that just two cups of coffee can keep you more honest.

"Researchers found that only two cups of caffeinated stuff will make workers more ethical."

Study co-author Michael Christian says people are often mistaken when they think about who the "best" worker is.

"We tend to think of people who work non stop as the best employees. But they are often the ones making the worst ethical choices."

"If you're sleep deprived and can't think straight, it could affect your decisions. They found that caffeine can give sleep-deprived individuals the extra energy needed to resist unethical behavior."

Volunteers were kept awake for an entire night, and separated into two groups. In the morning, one group was given a wintergreen placebo gum to munch on, while the other group was given gum laced with 200 milligrams of caffeine.

The results? Well, you may have guessed it! CNN tells us the volunteers who were given the laced gum "balked when researchers urged them to cheat."

While those who were given the placebo gum "showed a marked willingness to cast conscience aside and go along with the deception."

"Researchers say caffeine could help you resist by strengthening your self-control and willpower when you're exhausted."

As HLN notes, the study even suggests workplaces offer free coffee and nap spaces to help employees stay ethical.

So, a nice nap place sounds pretty good right now! The study was published in the March issue of theJournal of Applied Psychology.

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slloyd414 April 18 2014 at 6:40 AM

How much money was wasted on this?

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abourge458 slloyd414 April 18 2014 at 7:06 AM

A one day study, with a staff of three, on volunteers, with about two dollars worth of caffeine gum, ....
I wouldn't lose sleep over it.

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bhdawg April 18 2014 at 10:15 AM

Lets all send a lot of coffee to washington , They need it more than anybody

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chefjoeivy April 18 2014 at 10:21 AM


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oujoou April 18 2014 at 10:23 AM

I go the town café every morning for an hour. Double espresso. :) My neighbor cannot imagine 'life' without time for tea or coffee before work. Myrna is a super nice lady. :) My friend Tomas . . . who is Swiss . . .says that in Europe . . . a lot of people notice that coffee served in a paper cup . . .tastes like paper. :( I know a girl with pet rats who says she can't drink canned ANYthing because it tastes like metal. Still .. . I don't think it's 'normal' to do research on coffee as a 'path' to an 'ethical' life. Although I heard that Charles Manson always cries in the morning when he has his prison 'brew.' 'My mom . . . she was a great lady.' That's what I hear he says. Sort of makes you all fuzzy inside. And all the while . . . I thought most scientists were doing garbage for research. :(

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Randy April 18 2014 at 10:27 AM

So... based on this "consensus of scientists" study, it must mean liberals and the entire democrat party does not consume coffee. Just considering the typical sipper of the swill (they call coffee) at starbucks disproves the results of the "study"!

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DragonEye Randy April 18 2014 at 11:14 AM

One could say the same of the entire Rebublican party and so called conservitives... This is all tripe anyway.

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Georgia A McD April 18 2014 at 10:27 AM

Apparently government officials do not drink coffee.

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ds3inc April 18 2014 at 4:26 PM

and somebody paid these d bags to this study, problably the same ones who came up with global warming.

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jgesselberty April 18 2014 at 10:35 AM

And, folks, this is what your tax dollars are being wasted on. Last I heard, nothing worked better than being born into and raised by a family that loves and cares. But, we are increasingly catering to those that eschew this paradigm.

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prnyl April 18 2014 at 1:50 PM

CNN an expert on anything??? Give me a break- it all comes down to individual effort, not how much coffee you drink!

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crazy ray April 18 2014 at 1:24 PM

A nice sentiment. However, any article that includes phrases such as, "...the study even suggests..." isn't worth the energy to light the pixels on your computer screen. I "suggest" you give them the attention they deserve.

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