Phone: (416) 934-4597
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Associate Editor, Developmental Science.
Researcher (Full Professor)
Department of Psychology and Centre for Human Development
University of California, San Diego
School of Education
Zhejiang Normal University
B.Sc., Hangzhou University, Zhejiang, P. R. China
M.A., Hangzhou University, Zhejiang, P. R. China
Ph.D. University of New Brunswick, New Brunswick, Canada
2005-Present Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study & Department of Human Development and Applied Psychology, OISE, University of Toronto
2003-2005 Department of Psychology, University of California, San Diego
1994-2003 Department of Psychology, Queen's University
1996-1998 Department of Psychology, Hangzhou University
I have two major foci of research.
The first focus is on the development of lying. 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 children's acquisition of conceptual and moral knowledge about lying and their ability to detect/tell lies successfully. In addition, I explore neuro-physiological correlates of lying in children and adults.
The second focus of my research is on face processing in children and adults. I use psychophysical methods to study how children and adults process both stable and dynamic information in a face. With regard to stable facial information processing, I focus on how children and adults perceive, encode, and recognize different kinds of faces. With regard to dynamic facial information processing, I study how children and adults detect and interpret other's gaze displays in various social contexts. In addition, I explore neuro-physiological correlates of face processing in children and adults.
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1) Development of Moral Conceptions of Lying in Adolescents: When East Meets West (a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, approximately CAD $95,000)
2) Child Maltreatment and Honesty (a grant from the National Institute of Health and Development with Dr. Tom Lyon, approximately US $1,500,000)
3) Development of Face Processing Expertise (a R01 grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Development, approximately US $1,800,000)
4) Neural Mechanisms of Other-Race Face Processing in Children and Adults (a grant from the National Foundation of Science of China, approximately 200,000 yuan)
5) Neural Mechanisms of Face and Chinese Character Processing in Children and Adults (a grant from the National Foundation of China with Dr. Jie Tian and Joan Stiles, approximately 1,000,000 yuan)
6) Development of the Functional Neural Systems for Face Expertise (a grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Development with Dr. Frank Haist, approximately US $2,900,000)
7) Development of Face and Chinese Character Processing (a grant from the National Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada, approximately CD $110,000)
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)