PEN Distinguished Lecture Series

The PEN Distinguished Lecture Series in Educational Neuroscience was created in association with the Foundations Proseminar course for graduate students in the Ph.D. in Educational Neuroscience (PEN) program. Since its inception, the series has grown!

The lecture series focuses on the intersection of the Science of Learning (learning across the lifespan) and Educational Neuroscience (learning across early life). Scientists and researchers who are pioneers in the fields of Cognitive-Educational Neuroscience, Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, and Child Development come to Gallaudet University's campus to talk about their research.

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Little liars: How children learn to tell lies

Thursday, 03 December 2020
Headshot of Dr. Kang Lee
Dr. Kang Lee

In the presentation, "Little Liars: How children learn to tell lies," Dr. Lee will use scientific evidence from his laboratory and others over the last two decades to show that lying begins early in life and discuss what factors contribute or do not contribute to the development of lying, why children lie, and whether adults can easily detect children's lies.

Furthermore, he will discuss recent developments in technology that may help detect children's lies and such technology's applications in lie-detection and beyond.

Dr. Kang Lee is a professor at the University of Toronto and Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in developmental neuroscience, and a senior scientist (professor rank) at the Department of Psychology, University of California, San Diego.

For over two decades, Dr. Lee has studied how children learn to tell lies using behavioral, computational, and neuroimaging methodologies.

His work has led to legal reforms in Canada. Since 2006, child witnesses under 14 years of age must follow a procedure based on the work from his lab before being admitted to testify in the criminal court in Canada.

He is one of the inventors of Transdermal Optical Imaging, a revolutionary contactless technology that images facial blood flows to decode physiological and psychological activities.

He holds several patents that use video cameras to detect heart rate, stress, blood pressure, and deception.

Dr. Lee is also a TED speaker with his talk receiving nearly 8 million views.

Dr. Lee is a recipient of Premiers Research Excellence Award and Leaders Opportunity Awards. He has published over 300 peer-reviewed papers and his research has been funded by NIH and NSF in the US, NSERC and SSHRC in Canada, and NSFC in China.