(Telegraph) Lying children make better thinkers, research finds
It takes a lot of thought and memory skills to keep track of lies, psychologists at the University of Sheffield found
Parents who worry that their children are lying to them should not be too concerned, because it shows they have excellent memories and thinking skills, researchers have found.
Psychologists at the University of Sheffield who tested 135 children found that those who lied did far better on a trivia test than their honest peers.
They believe it is because it takes a lot of thought and memory skills to keep track of lies told so that they do not slip up and give the game away.
“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 Dr Elena Hoicka, from the University of Sheffield’s Department of Psychology, said