Positive Emotion and Honesty

Evelyn Medai, Charles N. Noussair

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We report an experiment that considers the impact of emotional state on honesty. Using the die-rolling task created by Fischbacher and Föllmi-Heusi to detect the level of dishonesty in a sample of individuals, we study the effects of induced happiness on the incidence of self-interested lying. The experiment uses 360-degree videos to induce emotional state. We find that people behave more honestly in a state of happiness than they do in a neutral state.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number694841
JournalFrontiers in Psychology
StatePublished - Jul 1 2021


  • emotion induction
  • experiment
  • happiness
  • honesty
  • virtual reality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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