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From election campaigns to dishonest monkeys: Why we're hard-wired to lie

Fri, 2016-10-21 13:18

According to McGill University's Victoria Talwar, there are two main categories of lies: deceptions that are motivated by self-interest and lies that are designed to benefit others. CBC News

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The truth about lying? Children’s perceptions get more nuanced with age

Moral development study suggests that younger children have a binary take on truth and lies – while older children take intent and outcomes more into consideration
Wed, 2016-10-05 10:15

Parents don’t like it when children lie. But what do the kids themselves think about it? New research suggests truth telling isn’t black and white.

As children get older, their moral evaluations of both lies and truths is increasingly influenced by whether they think this behaviour will cause harm to either others or themselves.

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Punishing kids for lying just doesn’t work

Children more likely to tell the truth either to please an adult or because they believe it is the right thing to do
Mon, 2014-12-08 11:55

If you want your child to tell the truth, it’s best not to threaten to punish them if they lie. That’s what researchers discovered through a simple experiment involving 372 children between the ages of 4 and 8.

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Stories that motivate children to be honest

Tales where honesty is rewarded prove more effective than those where lying is punished
Wed, 2014-06-18 09:35

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