Occassional thoughts about orienteering
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Bad applesI have a distinct memory of one of the first times I was orienteering in Europe - Oyvin Thon running along a hillside, moving smoothly through a rough forest and tailed by 3 other orienteers. I'd never seen such smooth running or such blatant following.
Does seeing someone cheat, and get away with it, make you more likely to cheat? You see someone get away with it and you think, "hmmm, I guess the chances of getting caught aren't so high." Does it matter who you see cheating? Would seeing someone you look up to cheat encourage you to cheat? Would seeing someone you don't like cheat make you less likely to cheat? It is interesting to think about. And for my work, it is important to think about.
An article I came across this week tries to get at some of those questions. Here is a bit of the conclusion:
...observing an in-group peer engaging in unethical behavior increased participants’ likelihood of acting unethically them-selves. However, observing an out-group peer engaging in unethical behavior reduced participants’ likelihood of acting unethically themselves.
That suggests that if you're peers cheat, you are more likely to cheat. If someone you think of as out of your group cheats, you are less likely to cheat.
Our findings suggest that relatively minor acts of dis-honesty by in-group members can have a large influence on the extent of dishonesty, and that techniques that help to stigmatize the bad apples as out-group members and strengthen the saliency of their behavior could be useful tools to fight dishonesty.
Sports face these problems all the time. Think of doping in cycling.
Here's a link to the article.
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