Dr. Kang Lee 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).

Lying Development

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 has two main foci of research: 

Face Processing Development