Students who cheat may be showing themselves to be callous, Machiavellian psychopaths, says a study by a psychology professor at the University of B.C.

“Psychopathic students are more likely to plagiarize essays, while academically disadvantaged students are more likely to cheat on tests,” said Del Paulhus.

Paulhus added that psychopathic students have to be prevented from cheating and disadvantaged students need a less competitive atmosphere to succeed.

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