David, S A. T discussed on Hidden Brain


Self regulate. But unlike cooking monster, most of us kind of Don't do very well at this. You know, if you look at the stats, on average about 20% of the time, people are trying to resist the temptation they give into it For things that are difficult and important. It's even worse. If you look at New Year's resolutions, 8% of them are kept to the years than 25% of them are gone by mid January. And so this strategy of relying on kind of logic and willpower was the best that we had to offer. It's pretty poor because we're failing. Okay. Need waited long enough. I'm not. No, no, no, no. Nothing. Most of us think of self control in the context of personal goals, things like health or exercise, David, But you also need self control. To be a good person to act with integrity. You once conducted an experiment that tested the relationship between self control and people's willingness to act with integrity. You asked volunteers to choose between a difficult task and an easy task. Using the equivalent off a coin flip. Can you describe the experimental setup to me? Sure subjects would come in, and we told them there were two tasks that needed to be done along an onerous one or a shortened fun one, and then we gave them the opportunity to flip a coin to decide what they were going to do. And if you ask people, what should you do? People will say, Well, of course, you should follow what the coin says. That's the only time we get kind of unanimity psychological study that I've ever seen. Yes. The vast majority of people when they believe they're alone, and no one can see what they're choosing. Either. Don't flip the coin and just give themselves the easy task, or they flip the coin get the wrong answer, because, of course, we have rigged the coin so that it comes up such that they should do the hard to ask. That's a virtual coins. I keep flipping it until that comes up with the with the answer they want. Huh? What were these two tasks, David that what was the difficult task of people wanted to avoid? Sure, the difficult task was presented as a serious of 45 minutes of long and onerous logic problems, the things that you might have to do it like the G R E the S A. T and the short task was said about 10 minutes. It's a It's a fun image Hunt von computer screen. I see. And so you found, I think upwards of 90% off your volunteers succumbed to the temptation of cheating. We did. Yes, we did. And, you know, these are normal people just like you and me. But in those moments where we think we can get away with something People will, but the most interesting part about it was when you asked them later. How fairly that that did they act. Most of them just created a story for why it was OK for them to do that. This time. I really didn't want to be late for something. My favorite story was on kitchen. Not they said to one person said to me. Well, the guy was sitting out in the hall, who I thought was gonna be coming next. He looked like an engineering major, and I thought he would like the logic problems. Right? So you know, but the tricky part of About this right is if we're willing to rationalize away our.

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