Little Liars: Origins of Verbal Deception in Children

  • Victoria Talwar
  • Kang Lee


Scientists and laypersons alike have been fascinated with lying in children since the dawn of developmental psychology (Darwin 1877). This fascination stems from the fact that the seemingly innocent and poorly crafted lies told by children are kaleidoscopes from which one can glean a multitude of information about children’s development including their level of moral development (Praget 1932), their ability to understand of others’ minds (Peskin 1992), personal character and integrity (Hartshorne and May 1928), delinquent tendencies (Stouthamer-Loeber 1986), and credibility as witnesses in legal cases (Bala et al. 2001; Bussey et al. 1993; Goodman et al. 2006, Lyon 2000).


Executive Functioning Expressive Behaviour Display Rule Moral Understanding False Belief Understanding 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Victoria Talwar
    • 1
  • Kang Lee
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Educational and Counselling PsychologyMontréalCanada
  2. 2.Institute of Child StudyUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada

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