3. Thinking About Money Can Change Your Moral Values
If you consider to be person of sound moral values, you might want to steer clear of jobs in the financial sector. Recent studies show that just thinking about money can lead you to unethical decisions and behavior.
A 2013 study carried out by Harvard researchers had test subjects engage in a series of word games followed by some business-related activities. During the word game portion, subjects in the experimental group were subconsciously exposed to various money-related words, while subjects in the control group were given neutral phrases. After the word game, all the subjects were asked to make business decisions that incorporated some sort of moral component. Those who were exposed to money-related words, like “buy,” “spend,” or “cost,” freely disregarded their morals in favor of deception, even when there was no apparent advantage to be gained from lying. Just the thought of money seemed to be all it took to make them unscrupulous to the point that lying seemed justifiable. Maybe that’s why corruption always seems to be rampant on Wall Street.
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2. Fast Food Can Diminish Your Appreciation for Art and Beauty
Last year, researchers in Toronto tested the effects that fast food has on our ability to appreciate some of the finer things in life. An experimental group of participants were shown some pictures of fast food followed by pictures of beautiful scenery while a control group was shown only beautiful scenery. Both groups were then asked to gauge how much enjoyment they derived from looking at the scenery pictures. Nearly everyone who had seen pictures of fast food beforehand rated their enjoyment as significantly lower than those who hadn’t.
Researchers later conducted a similar experiment but substituted a piece of opera music in place of the beautiful pictures and the outcome was the same. The people who had images of fast food lingering in their mind seemed to enjoy the music less than people who had been shown neutral images before listening. The authors of the study suggest that this effect is likely due to our minds unconsciously linking convenient things, such as fast food, with impatience. So, when thoughts of fast food are in our head, we consequently feel like don’t have time to enjoy abstract or intangible things such as artistic excellence.
http://www.stepbystep.com/how-to-get-a-job-in-a-museum-or-art-gallery-48572/ Source: Stepbystep.com