5-Year-Olds Usually Know If You're Lying, Study Says

October 10, 2014 7:44 PM

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Your kindergartener may not know that the tooth fairy isn't real or that cats -- sadly -- only have one life, but a new study shows that 5-year-olds are armed with a pretty mature critical thinking skill: They can tell when a person's lying, even if that person sounds confident.

Researchers at Concordia University and the University of British Columbia gathered 96 4- and 5-year-olds to see if they were able to tell when a person was lying. To do this, they showed the kids a series of short video clips featuring two people: one who spoke confidently but always lied and one w...

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