Forthcoming: Spot on for liars!


PLOS ONE has accepted an article by Andreas Ostermaier and Matthias Uhl, who examine whether people are more honest in public than in private. The authors find that outcome-minded subjects lie less in public to conform with their expectations about others' reports. Ironically, these expectations are false. Rule-minded subjects, in turn, do not respond to public scrutiny. Hence, while public scrutiny eventually increases honesty, this effect is contingent on people's mindsets and expectations.