Influence of Sleep Deprivation and Moral Disengagement on Cheating Behavior

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Title:
Influence of Sleep Deprivation and Moral Disengagement on Cheating Behavior
Author:
Khaw, Mel Win
Issue Date:
May-2010
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
In this study, I investigated the effects of sleep deprivation on cheating behavior. I proposed that sleep deprivation results in cognitive depletion. Cognitive depletion should impair an individual's ability to reason against unethical impulses such as cheating. In addition, I proposed that moral disengagement as a personality trait affects the extent to which sleep deprivation is linked to cheating. Results from a laboratory study show that sleep deprivation is indeed associated with higher rates of cheating behavior. Additionally, this relationship is stronger among individuals who are higher in moral disengagement. These findings provide support towards the interactionist and person-situation models of ethical decision making. Both of these theoretical models state that situational antecedents and individual differences interact to influence outcomes of ethical behavior.
Type:
text; Electronic Thesis
Degree Name:
B.S.
Degree Level:
bachelors
Degree Program:
Honors College; Psychology
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona

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dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.titleInfluence of Sleep Deprivation and Moral Disengagement on Cheating Behavioren_US
dc.creatorKhaw, Mel Winen_US
dc.contributor.authorKhaw, Mel Winen_US
dc.date.issued2010-05-
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractIn this study, I investigated the effects of sleep deprivation on cheating behavior. I proposed that sleep deprivation results in cognitive depletion. Cognitive depletion should impair an individual's ability to reason against unethical impulses such as cheating. In addition, I proposed that moral disengagement as a personality trait affects the extent to which sleep deprivation is linked to cheating. Results from a laboratory study show that sleep deprivation is indeed associated with higher rates of cheating behavior. Additionally, this relationship is stronger among individuals who are higher in moral disengagement. These findings provide support towards the interactionist and person-situation models of ethical decision making. Both of these theoretical models state that situational antecedents and individual differences interact to influence outcomes of ethical behavior.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeElectronic Thesisen_US
thesis.degree.nameB.S.en_US
thesis.degree.levelbachelorsen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineHonors Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.disciplinePsychologyen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
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