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Study Shows How Degraded Surroundings Can Degrade Behavior

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Science  21 Nov 2008:
Vol. 322, Issue 5905, pp. 1175
DOI: 10.1126/science.322.5905.1175a

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In a series of cleverly designed experiments reported in a paper published online by Science this week, researchers found that if people see one norm or rule being violated (such as graffiti or a vehicle parked illegally), they're more likely to violate others--such as littering, or even stealing.