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Lab Spotlight: Dr. Kang Lee's Development Lab

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Lab Site: https://www.kangleelab.com/

Lab Members:

Faculty:

  • Dr. Kang Lee

Lab Manager:

  • Marriam Khan 

Students:

  • ​​​​Rebecca Judges (PhD Candidate, Developmental Psychology and Education)
  • Darshan Singh Panesar (PhD Student, Developmental Psychology and Education)
  • Rachel Jackson (PhD Candidate, School and Clinical Child Psychology)
  • Si Jia Wu (PhD Student, Developmental Psychology and Education)
  • Sharon (Ying) Yao (PhD Student, Developmental Psychology and Education)
  • Sarah Zanette (PhD Candidate, Developmental Psychology and Education)

Kang Lee Lab members
Dr. Kang Lee Development Lab members


INSIDE THE LAB

What research is being done in Dr. Kang Lee's Development Lab?

Face Processing: 
How do environments impact the way infants, children and adults process faces? Infant research team is currently focusing on early perceptual development as a result of sensory experience. The overarching goal is to understand the fundamental mechanisms that translate real-world experiences into adaptive perceptual changes at early stages of life. To achieve this goal, we employ a variety of theoretically and ecologically motivated research methods, including infant-friendly behavioural paradigms, eye-tracking, computational modeling, and infant-friendly neuroimaging techniques. While we love to have families coming to our lab, we use online study platforms to allow babies and parents to participate at home. We are hoping our studies will inform the creation of evidence-based early interventions that target the root cause of developmental delay.

Transdermal Optical Imaging: 
Using Transdermal Optical Imaging (TOI), blood flow information can be extracted from the human face with only a conventional video recording. Current research on Transdermal Optical Imaging is focused on testing the applications of this contactless technology in measuring a person’s psychological (e.g., stress, emotions, lies) and physiological (e.g., heart rate, breathing, blood pressure) changes in a variety of situations.

Academic Integrity Study: 
Despite existing research on the topic of academic cheating, little is known about the development of academic cheating in early childhood. Dr. Kang Lee and his team hope to bridge this gap by examining cheating behaviours in children as they begin formal schooling. Using a cross-sequential design – combining both cross-sectional and longitudinal designs – we hope to conduct the study in 3 waves (1 per year). We use experimental methods to stimulate the academic settings where cheating often takes place. We hope to address three unresolved issues in the field: (1) To what extent do children cheat consistently from one situation to another (2) How does children’s academic cheating consistency change with increased age? (3) What are the major social, cognitive, and environmental factors contributing to children’s academic cheating?

During the study children are placed in school-related testing settings to observe for cheating behaviour. They complete various activities split into three paradigms; math, knowledge and athletics, to help us evaluate which factors may contribute to academic cheating. Along with the activities, the child also completes assessments that will help us gain insight into their personality and development. Parents are also asked to complete questionnaires about their child. All our study activities are completed remotely at home, allowing parents and children to participate according to their availabilities. This work will hopefully form the basis for further research into the topic of academic cheating in early childhood, as well as the development of programs to promote academic integrity.