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Babies not as innocent as they pretend July 1, 2007

Posted by tkcollier in Lifestyle, Science & Technology.
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Babies not as innocent as they pretend | Science | Earth | Telegraph
Behavioural experts have found that infants begin to lie from as young as six months. Simple fibs help to train them for more complex deceptions in later life.

Infants quickly learnt that using tactics such as fake crying and pretend laughing could win them attention. By eight months, more difficult deceptions became apparent, such as concealing forbidden activities or trying to distract parents’ attention.

By the age of two, toddlers could use far more devious techniques, such as bluffing when threatened with a punishment.

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