Dr. Kang Lee has two major foci of research:
Dr. Lee's first focus is on the development of lying. He uses experimental methods to investigate how children come to grips with the concept and moral implication of lying, whether children are gullible or able to detect others' lies, and whether children can tell convincing lies in various social situations. He also examines the cognitive-social-cultural factors that affect children's acquisition of conceptual and moral knowledge about lying and their ability to detect/tell lies successfully. In addition, he explores neuro-physiological correlates of lying in children and adults.
The following deception projects are currently funded by:
1) Development of Moral Conceptions of Lying in Adolescents: When East Meets West (a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, approximately CAD $95,000)
2) Child Maltreatment and Honesty (a grant from the National Institute of Health and Development with Dr. Tom Lyon, approximately US $1,500,000)
Dr. Lee's second focus of research is on face processing in children and adults. He uses psychophysical methods to study how children and adults process both stable and dynamic information in a face. With regard to stable facial information processing, he focuses on how children and adults perceive, encode, and recognize different kinds of faces. With regard to dynamic facial information processing, he studies how children and adults detect and interpret other's gaze displays in various social contexts. In addition, he explores neuro-physiological correlates of face processing in children and adults.
The following face processing projects are currently funded by:
1) Development of Face Processing Expertise (a R01 grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Development, approximately US $1,800,000)
2) Neural Mechanisms of Other-Race Face Processing in Children and Adults (a grant from the National Foundation of Science of China, approximately 200,000 yuan)
3) Neural Mechanisms of Face and Chinese Character Processing in Children and Adults (a grant from the National Foundation of China with Dr. Jie Tian and Joan Stiles, approximately 1,000,000 yuan)
4) Development of the Functional Neural Systems for Face Expertise (a grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Development with Dr. Frank Haist, approximately US $2,900,000)
5) Development of Face and Chinese Character Processing (a grant from the National Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada, approximately CD $110,000)
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