Posts Tagged 'Dan Ariely'

Ariely shares ways we lie to everyone, especially selves

Ariely shares ways we lie to everyone, especially selves

Chautauquans enjoyed Dan Ariely so much last year that the Institution booked him again this season — not only for a single lecture, either. From Monday to Wednesday this week, Ariely taught a three-day special seminar on irrational behavior.

At 4 p.m. today in the Hall of Philosophy, the Duke University psychology and behavioral economics professor will take to the podium again, this time presenting his latest book, The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone — Especially Ourselves. A book signing will follow the presentation.

Ariely: Small-scale cheating allows us to still feel good about ourselves

Ariely: Small-scale cheating allows us to still feel good about ourselves

The consequences of our actions have little to no effect on dishonesty. Studies have shown even the death penalty does not influence crime levels.

Rather than thinking of the costs and benefits of their actions, people find ways to rationalize them.

“What happens is that on one hand, we want to look at the mirror and feel good about ourselves. We want to feel that we’re honest, wonderful people,” said Dan Ariely during Monday’s morning lecture. “On the other hand, we want to benefit from cheating. That’s our selfish impulses.”

Ariely, the James. B. Duke Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics at Duke University, kicked off Week Seven, “The Ethics of Cheating,” with a lecture about people’s use of rationalism to justify dishonesty. Throughout his lecture, titled “Free Beer,” he shared several experiments conducted by his team at Duke University.

Dan Ariely: Plagiarism and essay mills

Dan Ariely: Plagiarism and essay mills

Sometimes as I decide what kind of papers to assign to my students, I can’t help but think about their potential to use essay mills.

Essay mills are companies whose sole purpose is to generate essays for high school and college students (in exchange for a fee, of course). Sure, essay mills claim that the papers are meant just to help the students write their own original papers, but with names such as echeat.com, it’s pretty clear what their real purpose is.

Professors in general are very worried about essay mills and their impact on learning, but not knowing exactly what essay mills are or the quality of their output, it is hard to know how worried we should be. So together with Aline Grüneisen, I decided to check it out. We ordered a typical college term paper from four different essay mills, and as the topic of the paper we chose… (surprise!) Cheating.