Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Research Article: The Detection of Prosocial Lying by Children

Michelle Eskritt (Mount St. Vincent University, Halifax, Nova Scotia)

Kang Lee (Dr. Erick Jackman Institute of Child Study, University of Toronto)

Paper Highlights

- Adults and children were able to detect the pro-social lies of younger children but not the older children.

- Children were able to discriminate between adults’ truthful and untruthful statements, but misidentified adults’ truthful responses as lies.

- Children with more siblings were better able to detect pro-social lies compared to children with fewer siblings.

DOI: 10.1002/icd.1969

Author keywords: prosocial lying; lie production; lie detection; deception

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