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Kang Lee  

University Distinguished Professor, Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study, Applied Psychology and Human Development

How soon do young children master complex social behaviors ­­ including lying? Kang Lee has devoted his career to solving the puzzles of the development social cognition and behavior.

With an international team based at the University of Toronto, Kang Lee investigates the neurological and social basis of emerging social behaviors in young children. His two­-pronged research focuses first on how and when children develop the capacity to lie, to detect lies, and to feel guilty about it afterwards.

The second focus of Lee’s research is facial recognition, which has led to revelations of when children develop the ability to distinguish races ­­ and has helped explain why some people occasionally see Jesus’ face on a piece of toast.

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