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Dishonest People

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How honest are you? Although you may think that you are an honest person, you're likely less trustworthy than you think!

Recent research discovered that light levels can affect a person's honesty. If the light is dim, then people tend to be less honest. If the light is bright, people tend to be more honest. The researchers believe that people may become less honest when they believe others can't see dishonest behavior. The test had similar results when people wore sunglasses.

The results of the test could have meaning on how people work and live. For example, people in an office may act less honestly if they think no one can see their behavior. The same is true in other situations, such as at school, at the store, and elsewhere.


Preview the lesson material:

Warm Up: Discuss the question with your partner for five minutes.

  1. Do you know any very honest people? Please explain.
  2. Do you know any very dishonest people? Please explain.

Vocabulary: Check the new vocabulary in a dictionary. Then match the words.

  1. trustworthy
  2. discover
  3. dim
  4. behavior
  • find
  • act
  • honest
  • dark

Discuss: Discuss these questions with a partner. Remember to support your answers.

  1. How honest are you? Why do you think so?
  2. The article suggests that all people are dishonest. Do you agree? Why/not?
  3. Should businesses and schools change their rules because of the research?

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