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The Psychology of Cheating

Episode 5 of 13

Pennie Latin explores the minds of those who cheat and tries to understand what drives people to deceive, dupe and defraud.

Children do it, athletes do it, lovers do it, we probably all do it in one way or another at some point in our lives...cheating.

Cheating is a very common human trait. It starts to be seen from about 3 years old, there is something in our minds that helps us weigh up the potential gain against the potential costs and then we make a conscious decision to cheat or not. But why do we do it? Why do we try to get ahead unfairly when we know we could be caught and that would have consequences?

In this episode of Brainwaves, Pennie Latin delves into the minds of those who've cheated and those who are out to try to understand what drives us to deceive, dupe and defraud.

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28 minutes