Monday, February 11, 2008

Learning To Lie

From Po & Ash:

This is an exciting week for us. Exactly a year ago that our praise piece hit the news stands, we're on our way to Boston to accept our AAAS award – and we have a new cover story for New York Magazine that hits the stands today.

The new piece, entitled "Learning to Lie," explores why kids lie. First considering the prevalence of teens' lying to their parents, on a wide variety of topics, we examine when lying begins for little kids: discussing the work of scholars such as McGill University's Dr. Victoria Talwar, we take a look at the developmental (cognitive) and environmental factors that come into play (such as parents and siblings). We then return to teens' lying – to examine how this lying is more about a teen's development of autonomy. And that surprisingly, it turns out that, for a teen, arguing is actually a good sign; it means the teen respects an adult enough to tell the truth about what's going on in her life.

We sincerely hope that you'll enjoy it.