Dr. Kang Lee's Development Lab

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) Dynamic face processing in infants, children, and adults (a grant from the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada, approximately CAD $235,000).

2) Development of face processing: A functional nearifrared spectroscopy study (a grant by the National Science Foundation of China, approximately $120,000).

Fraud Studies - What knowledge, abilities, and behaviours can protect people from becoming victims of scams? 

All of our fraud studies include questionnaires which inquire about your fraud experiences, and social factors like personality. There will be behavioural tasks which can measure things like vocabulary or memory. We also include scam-based activities to measure knowledge in this area. Studies include either one 1-hour visit, or two 1-hour visits. Participants are paid $10/hour of their time, along with reimbursement for parking or TTC fare if applicable.

Contact: fraudresearch@kangleelab.com or (416)-934-4503

Bias Reduction Study - How to reduce children's negative attitudes towards other race people?

We will ask you to fill out some questionnaires about your child's experience with other-race people, and both you and your child will play several games on a tablet with a research assistant. We are interested in observing children's attitudes toward other-race people in different situations. For instance, whether children would prefer to play with own-race people rather than other-race people and how we can reduce children's negative bias against other-race peers and increase interracial friendships. We will also train your child to remember and recognize people's faces from different racial background. Both you and your child will be compensated for your time and effort. You will receive reimbursement for travel and your child will receive a gift worth approximately $2. The study involves one visit lasting approximately 45 minutes.

Contact: lifespandevelopment@kangleelab.com or (416)-934-4503 

Visual Speech Studies - How do infants process and understand faces?

Infants exhibit remarkable abilities in learning language in their first year of life. They learn language not only from speech sounds, but also from the faces they see. We are very interested in how infants learn language from visually presented faces. This study will use infant-friendly neuroimaging techniques, which are widely used to understand how infants learn language in their first year of life. During the study, you will stay with your child, and we will show him/her a series of videos of speaking faces. The study involves one visit to our lab lasting approximately 45 minutes.

Contact: ESDL@kangleelab.com or (416)-934-4503

Dr. Kang Lee's main 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 honesty and trust in children: East-West comparison (a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, approximately CAD $450,000).

2) Exploring dishonesty in children with severe conduct problems (a grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, approximately CAD $500,000).


Dr. Kang Lee's lab's active studies