According to a recent study, smarter kids are better liars, compared to children who don’t have the best memory and thinking skills.
The researchers who conducted the study said that kids with good memory can store more information, which allows them to be more imaginative at covering up the lies they come up with.
The study, which was conducted by a team of scientists from the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom, involved 114 children aged 6 to 7 years, playing trivia games.
The researchers instructed the children not to peak at the answers that were on the back of the cards.
The kids involved in the study did not know that the researchers had installed hidden cameras in the room where they took the tests.
The cameras revealed which of the children turned the cards to look at the answers, although they denied doing it.
The kids were then questioned about the answers on the cards to establish which of them were better liars, and which kids were bad at it.
The study revealed that the children who were better at lying also had better results at verbal memory tests, compared to the children who were not very skilled at lying.
Tracy Alloway, one of the co-authors of the study, said that
“It takes mental effort to keep in mind what you know you did, what you think the researcher knows, and plan a way so you don’t get caught.”
The researchers wrote in their study that kids who had better memory skills could keep track of plenty of information in order to successfully make up a story as a cover up for their lies.
Dr. Elena Hoicka, researcher at the University of Sheffield’s Department of Psychology and one of the lead authors of the study, said that while parents may not be too proud when their children tell lies, they can at least be content that if their kids are good liars it means that they have better thinking and memory skills.
Dr. Hoicka added that adults usually lie in almost a fifth of their social conversations, lies that can last for an average of ten minutes.
The researchers said it’s very interesting to find why some kids are better liars than others.
According to Dr. Hoicka, the next step would be to conduct studies in order to find how children first learn how to tell lies.
The scientists published the findings of their study in the Journal of Experimental Child Psychology.
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