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The Psychology of Plagiarism
Unformatted Document Text:  Abstract Journalists and writers have often wondered if plagiarism, an ethical taboo, has a psychological element. Two studies to test that informal hypothesis revealed that plagiarists are quite similar to their non-copying peers in Big Five personality traits. However, the two groups differ in a scale that measures integrity on a continuum between principles and expediency. The results show that journalistic plagiarism has more in common with a “normal” accident than with a troubled mind.

Authors: Lewis, Norman. and Zhong, Bu.
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Abstract
Journalists and writers have often wondered if plagiarism, an ethical taboo, has a 
psychological element. Two studies to test that informal hypothesis revealed that 
plagiarists are quite similar to their non-copying peers in Big Five personality traits. 
However, the two groups differ in a scale that measures integrity on a continuum between 
principles and expediency. The results show that journalistic plagiarism has more in 
common with a “normal” accident than with a troubled mind.


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