Where you sign your name on a form might change how you fill it out.
<blockquote> <p> To see whether this signature effect could be harnessed to reduce cheating, Shu’s team enrolled 101 college students and employees in performing two self-reported tasks: solving math problems correctly in exchange for money, and claiming reimbursements for expenses on a library trip.</p><div id="upworthyFreeStarVideoAdContainer"><div id="freestar-video-parent"><div id="freestar-video-child"></div></div></div> <p> For each task, test participants filled out a claims form. Some signed at the bottom, others at the top, and others didn’t sign at all. Top-signers reported solving fewer problems, and claimed fewer expenses, than the other groups.</p>\n</blockquote><p> Considering that we humans lie <a href="http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/homo-consumericus/201111/how-often-do-people-lie-in-their-daily-lives">kind of a lot</a>, it's not unreasonable to think that there's a pretty serious truth gap on reporting mileage, reimbursements, and other things. If you're handing a form like this to somebody, consider having them sign at the top rather than at the bottom. </p><p> And hey, maybe <a href="http://www.good.is/post/nearly-half-of-harvard-government-class-is-suspected-of-cheating/">Harvard should try that in its government classes</a>. </p><p> <em><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jakecaptive/3205277810/">Photo</a> via Flickr (cc) user <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jakecaptive/">@boetter</a>.</em></p>
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