Researchers at Ohio State University say most courageous students are least likely to cheat in exams. They based their findings on two studies of over 400 students, which found that those who did not use unfair means scored highest in tests of courage and empathy.
In addition, the bravest students also scored higher than cheaters on tests of honesty, it was found. “The honest students have a more positive view of others. Students who don’t cheat seem to be in the minority, and have plenty of opportunities to see their peers cheat and receive the rewards with little risk of punishment.
“We see avoiding cheating as a form of everyday heroism in an academic setting,” said lead researcher Prof. Sara Staats.