People Lie All The Time

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In 2002, a study conducted by the University of Massachusetts found that people lie far more often than they realize. In fact, when asked to have a 10-minute conversation with someone, around 60% of more than 100 undergraduate students told an average of two to three lies. They weren't entirely cognizant of doing so, and often expressed surprise when they spotted the lies in a tape of their talk. Of course, most of these lies were relatively harmless and probably familiar to any of us who have tried to seem likable or ease a chat along. But when you consider that 90% of children understand the concept of lying by age four, it's a slightly alarming statistic. We've collected some awesome videos on this topic. Watch them now to learn more.

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. Swallowing and licking one's lips can be indicators of lying. 01:05

  2. When preparing to lie, people will often repeat the question they were asked. 02:09

  3. When someone is nervous about lying, the brain's limbic system struggles to keep them calm. 03:22

Written by Curiosity Staff April 17, 2016