All kids try to lie. But, as any parent knows, they’re really not very good at it when they’re young. So why do youngsters pick up the lying habit and when do they first start trying to tell a fib? Canadian researchers have discovered some surprising answers.
Psychologists Kang Lee and Angela Evans, from University of Toronto and Brock University respectively, have discovered that kids start figuring how to lie at the tender young age of about two years old. That’s much younger than experts had previously thought.
“Our study is the first to examine two-year-olds’ verbal deception – so their lie-telling behaviour – and we are the first to show that two-year-olds will indeed tell lies,” Evans told CTV’s Canada AM Wednesday.
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