The watching eye effect

A picture of eyes unconsciously discourages people from lying, study finds

The presence of a pair of eyes may unconsciously discourage people from lying, even when those lies would benefit victims of a natural disaster, according to the findings of a study published in Evolutionary Psychology. Previous psychological studies have found that people behave less selfishly and are more likely to make personal sacrifices to benefit others when they can see a pair of eyes, even if those eyes are only in the form of a picture. Psychologists theorize that this happens because humans have a basic motivation, with evolutionary roots, to follow rules and social norms when they think they are being watched. ….[READ]

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