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).
For more information on this research, please visit the Nuralogix site.
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.
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Game Study - How do children behave in prosocial and antisocial contexts?
We will ask you to fill out some questionnaires about your child's behaviors while your child plays several language and memory games with a research assistant. We are interested in observing children's behaviors in different situations. For instance, what will children of different ages say or do when they are given an undesirable gift, and will children break the rules of a game in order to win a prize? Both you and your child will be compensated for your time and effort. You will have a choice between a $30 gift certificate to Tim Hortons or Wal-Mart, and your child will receive prizes worth approximately $15. The study involves one visit to the lab lasting approximately 1.5-2 hours.
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Social Attitudes Study - What are children's attitudes toward 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. 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.
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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 has worked with postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Paul Zheng, to develop a new imaging technology that uses a conventional video camera to reveal facial blood flow changes when people are experiencing various hidden emotions, including emotions associated with lying. They named this technology Transdermal Optical Imaging. Although it was originally developed to study face processing and deception, this versatile technology has many applications including health and medical 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).
Other Areas of Research