Study Examines The Psychology Behind Students Who Don't Cheat

An Ohio State press release discusses how a student’s psychological profile correlates to academic integrity. An interesting study in rhetoric, focusing on promoting a cultural identity for the “academic heroes” who do honest work, rather than hunting and trapping those whose behavior is less exemplary:

The students completed measures that examined their bravery, honesty
and empathy.  The researchers separated those who scored in the top
half of those measures and contrasted them with those in the bottom
half.

Those who scored in the top half – whom the
researchers called “academic heroes” – were less likely to have
reported cheating in the past 30 days and the last year compared to the
non-heroes.  They also indicated they would be less likely to cheat in
the next 30 days in one of their classes.