"Self-control and the slippery slope of corruption"
VU University Amsterdam - Social and Organizational Psychology
Prof.dr. Paul A. M. van Lange (VU)
Dr. Jan-Willem van Prooijen (VU)
Dr. Francesca Righetti (VU)
1 October 2013 - 1 October 2016
NWO - Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research
We investigate how self-control—the ability to resist temptation—influences people’s tendency to commit minor and major forms of corrupt behavior. In a novel economic decision-making game, we predict that people with low self-control are generally most likely to commit minor forms of corruption. High self-control, however, may help individuals with highly selfish motivations to enact corruption more effectively. People with the combination of high self-control and selfish motivations are hence predicted to be just as likely to commit minor forms of corruption, and even more likely to commit major forms of corruption that require cognitive resources.