On the Genius of Children

by F.

I love this:

according to Leif Stromwall and colleagues…adults were useless at detecting when children were lying….

It’s no wonder the [subjects] were so poor at spotting the children’s lies – the children seemed to anticipate their lie-detection strategies. For example, the most commonly used cue the [subjects] said they looked for was a lack of detail in the children’s accounts, but meanwhile the children’s most commonly cited strategy for appearing convincing was to add detail to their accounts by drawing on information they knew about from other people’s experiences. The [subjects] also said they had looked for signs of nerves, while the children said they had tried to stay calm.

Ah, yes, nothing ever changes.

More at the BPS Reasearch Digest blog.