Study: Lying in Kids is a Sign of High Intelligence
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Lying to your parents may not be such a bad thing after all. A new study suggests that lying is an indication of intelligence in children.

Researchers at the University of Portsmouth and the University of Oxford found that children who frequently told lies actually had higher scores on their IQ tests. Scientists tested 140 children, aged between five and 11, who were able to test at a variety of intelligence levels.

They found that children who lied more frequently were better at tasks that required abstract thinking.

Professor Jackie Andrade from the University of Portsmouth said:

“Being able to think up quick, believable lies in response to tricky questions is an important social skill that could get out of trouble or help others.”

The study also found that kids who had more friends were also better liars. The researchers say this is because kids who have good social skills are more likely to lie successfully.

Professor Robert with Oxford University added that “Children with higher IQs are better at these kinds of things.” – bbc.co.uk