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Documenting Passive Cheating in College Students
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by Lesley M. Condon, Joselyn M. Hummel, Melody A. Cox, Brandi J. Calahan, Stephen F. Davis*, and Carolyn R. Schmidt - Emporia State University (Condon, Hummel, Cox, Calahan, Davis); Kansas Wesleyan University (Schmidt)
Categories: Motivation | Social
This experiment examined passive cheating in male and female college students. Thirty-two student volunteers participated. Before they completed a test of riddles, the experimental group overheard a male and a female confederate discussing the answers to the test. Participants in the control group did not overhear the discussion. Participants in the experimental group had significantly more answers that corresponded to the confederates' discussion. Passive cheating exists and is equally likely to be engaged in by college men and women.