The dangers of anonymity studied

Thousands of psychology papers are based on data derived from questionnaires that were filled out anonymously. That's because most psychologists have reasoned that the way to get people to be honest about their practice of undesirable behaviours is to promise them anonymity.

But a new analysis points out that anonymity comes with a price. Participants will feel less accountable and may be less motivated to answer questions accurately.

Read more on our Research Digest.