Members in the Media
From: Otago Daily Times

Older people not good liars

Otago Daily Times:

A University of Otago study suggests the ability to recognise deceit may wear down with age, making older people less able to lie or recognise they are being lied to.

University of Otago department of psychology researchers Ted Ruffman, Janice Murray and Jamin Halberstadt compared young and old adults’ skills at deception as judged by listeners within and outside their age group.

The results of the lie detection test showed both young and old listeners found it easier to differentiate truths and lies when the speaker was an older adult compared to a young adult, Associate Professor Halberstadt said.

Read more: Otago Daily Times

More of our Members in the Media >


Or maybe old people just don’t care if you believe them or not…and are too tired/apathetic to figure out/give a shit if someone’s lying…and don’t really have the time or energy to maintain relationships that require them to tell white lies. (Wow. I may be 41 but it’s clearly time for me to take advantage of that AARP membership offer!)

APS regularly opens certain online articles for discussion on our website. Effective February 2021, you must be a logged-in APS member to post comments. By posting a comment, you agree to our Community Guidelines and the display of your profile information, including your name and affiliation. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations present in article comments are those of the writers and do not necessarily reflect the views of APS or the article’s author. For more information, please see our Community Guidelines.

Please login with your APS account to comment.