An upside to life if your kid’s a good liar
Children with excellent memories are better at telling lies, child psychologists have found.
This after an experiment that tested children aged six and seven by giving them an opportunity to cheat in a trivia game and lie about their actions.
According to the BBC, 114 children from four British schools were tested during the experiment. Children who were good at lying performed better in tests of verbal memory and were able to remember a greater number of words.
This means they are good at juggling a great deal of information, even when they are telling a lie.
The researchers used hidden cameras during a question-and-answer game they played with the kids. This allowed them to identify those who peeked at the answer to a fictitious question, even though they had been told not to.
Only a quarter of the children surveyed were found to have cheated by actually looking at the answer.
Using more questions, researchers were able to determine who was a good liar or a bad one.
Dr Elena Hoicka, a developmental psychologist from the University of Sheffield, said there was an upside to a child who was good at lying.
“While parents are usually not too proud when their kids lie, they can at least be pleased to discover that when their children are lying well, it means their children are becoming better at thinking and have good memory skills,” said Hoicka.
“We already know that adults lie in approximately a fifth of their social exchanges lasting 10 or more minutes, so it’s interesting to know why some children are able to tell more porkies than others,” she added.