Maryam Kouchaki

People experience anxiety in the workplace. Across 6 studies, this study indicates that anxiety, induced and measured, can lead to  unethical behavior. The study finds that compared with individuals in a neutral state, anxious individuals are more willing (a) to participate in unethical actions in hypothetical scenarios and (b) to engage in more cheating so to make money in situations that require truthful self-reports. The study explores the psychological mechanism underlying unethical behaviors when experiencing anxiety. The authors suggest and find that anxiety increases threat perception, which, in turn, results in self-interested unethical behaviors.Read More