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May 14, 2016

Kang Lee: Can you really tell if a kid is lying?

13:36 minutes · Filmed Feb 2016 · Posted May 2016 · TED2016

Are children poor liars? Do you think you can easily detect their lies? Developmental researcher Kang Lee studies what happens physiologically to children when they lie. They do it a lot, starting as young as two years old, and they're actually really good at it. Lee explains why we should celebrate when kids start to lie (really!) and presents a new lie-detection technology that could someday reveal our hidden emotions.

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