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Dishonesty and creativity: Two sides of the same coin?

Lying about performance on one task may increase creativity on a subsequent task by making people feel less bound by conventional rules, according to new research.

New research shows that lying about performance on one task may increase creativity on a subsequent task by making people feel less bound by conventional rules.

"The common saying that 'rules are meant to be broken' is at the root of both creative performance and dishonest behavior," says lead researcher Francesca Gino of Harvard Business School. "Both creativity and dishonesty, in fact, involve rule breaking."

To examine the link between dishonesty and creativity, Gino and colleague Scott Wiltermuth of the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California designed a series of experiments that allowed, and even sometimes encouraged, people to cheat.

In the first experiment, for example, participants were presented with a series of number matrices and were tasked with finding two nu…