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Applied Psychology &  Human Development
Kang Lee


Kang Lee

phone: 416-934-4503 or 416-978-3064

email: kang.lee@utoronto.ca 
email: kang.lee@utoronto.ca   
website: http://kangleelab.com/ 

Department: Applied Psychology and Human Development 


Research Overview 

Dr. Lee has two major foci of research:

The first is the development of moral cognition and action with a specific focus on verbal deception. I use experimental methods to investigate how children come to grips with the concept and moral implication of lying, whether children are gullible or they are able to detect others’ lies, and whether children can tell convincing lies in various social situations. I also examine the cognitive-social-cultural factors that affect the development of lying and truth-telling. In addition, I use neuroscience methods (e.g., EEG, fMRI, fNIRS) to examine neural-physiological correlates of lying and truth-telling in children and adults. 

The second focus of my research is on the development of social perception with a specific focus on face processing. I use psychophysical methods to study how children and adults process both stable and dynamic social information in a face. With regard to stable facial information, I focus on how children and adults perceive, encode, and recognize different kinds of faces (e.g., race). With regard to dynamic facial information, I study how children and adults detect and interpret others’ gaze displays in various social contexts. In addition, I use neuroscience methods (e.g., EEG, fMRI, fNIRS) to examine neural-physiological correlates of face processing in children and adults.

Research Interests:

Development of Moral Conceptions of Lying in Adolescents
Development of Face Processing Expertise 
Neural Mechanisms of Face Processing in Children and Adults 
Neural Mechanisms of Lying in Children and Adults 

Curriculum Vitae 


Academic History 

Postdoctoral Fellowship (1995-1996) University College London
Postdoctoral Fellowship (1994-1995) OISE, University of Toronto
Ph.D. (Developmental Psychology) (1994) Department of Psychology, University of New Brunswick, Canada 
M.Ed. (School Psychology). (1986) Department of Psychology, Hangzhou University, China
B.Sc. (Psychology) (1983) Department of Psychology, Hangzhou University, China

Teaching Overview 

Dr. Lee's teaching interests include:
Research Methods, Cognitive Development, Child Development, Statistics

Representative Publications 


Lee, K. & Talwar, V. (In Press). Child and lying: A century of scientific research. Oxford, UK.: Blackwell.

Book Chapters

Lee, K. & Evans, A. D. (2013). Becoming a moral relativist: Children’s moral conceptions of honesty and dishonesty in different social contexts. To appear in M. R. Banaji & S. A. Gelman (Eds.), Navigating the social world: What infants, children, and other species can teach us. New York: Oxford University Press.

Lee, K., Anzures, G., Quinn, P.C., Pascalis, O., & Slater, A. (2011). Development of face processing expertise. In A. J. Calder, G. Rhodes, J.V. Haxby, & M. H. Johnson (Eds.), Handbook of Face Processing. Oxford University Press.

Sample Peer-Reviewed Papers

Anzures, G., Wheeler, A., Quinn, P. C., Pascalis, O., Slater, A. M., Heron-Delaney, M., Tanaka, J., & Lee, K. (2012). Brief daily exposures to Asian females reverses perceptual narrowing for Asian faces in Caucasian infants. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 101(2), 124-136.

Lau, Y.L., Cameron, C.A., Chieh, K.M., O’Leary, J., Fu, G., & Lee, K. (2012). Cultural differences in moral justifications enhance understanding of Chinese and Canadian children’s moral decisions. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology.

Research Grants and Contracts 

A. Moral Cognition and Action

2010-2013: Development of Moral Conceptions of Lying in Adolescents: When East Meets West (PI, SSHRC approx. CD$95,000)
2011-2012: Child Maltreatment and Honesty (Co-PI, NICHD US$1,600,000)

B. Social Perception

2010-2015: Development of Face Processing Expertise (PI, NICHD US$1,800,000)
2010-2012: Neural Mechanisms of Other-Race Face Processing in Children and Adults (PI, NFSC 200,000 yuan)
2010-2013: Neural Mechanisms of Face and Chinese Character Processing in Children and Adults (Co-PI, NFC 1,000,000 yuan)
2009-2014: Development of the Functional Neural Systems for Face Expertise (Co-PI, NICHD US$2,900,000)
2007-2012: Development of Face and Chinese Character Processing (PI, NSERC CD$110,000)

Honours and Awards 

2006-2008: Leaders Opportunity Fund Award, the Canadian Foundation for Innovation ($250,000)
2007-2009: Outstanding Overseas Scholar Award, National Science Foundation of China (400,000 yuan)
1999-2004: Premier's Research Excellence Award (Principal investigator, $100,000)
1999-2004: Queen's University Chancellor's Research Excellence Award (Principal investigator, $50,000)

Professional Activities 

Professional Responsibilities: 

2004-now: Associate Editor, Developmental Science
2011-2012: Panelist, the National Science Foundation of China: Neuroscience Committee
2011: Panelist, the NIH Scientific Review Cognition and Perception Study Section (Special Emphasis Panel)
2010: Panelist, the NIH Scientific Review Cognition and Perception Study Section
2008-2010: Expert Panelist, the Credibility Assessment Study Committee, US Department of Defense
2001-2003: Scientist Director, Board of Directors, Canadian Psychological Association

Professional Affiliations: 

Elected Fellow, Association for Psychological Science
Member, Society for Research in Child Development
Member, International Society for Infant Study
Member, Vision Science Society