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HumAN Lab

Human Affective Neuroscience Lab

Welcome to the Human Affective Neuroscience (HumAN) lab! We are located in the Department of Psychology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. The overarching goal of our research is to understand the psychological and neurobiological mechanisms that underpin how we experience our own emotions and evaluate the emotions of others. 
At the HumAN lab, we examine how different aspects of affective information are encoded, manipulated, and integrated in the brain. We also investigate individual differences in such processes on both behavioral and neural levels, and their implications for mental health. We combine experimental psychology, functional neuroimaging (fMRI), and computational tools to answer research questions pertaining to affective science.

Updates & Announcements

Oct. 28, 2019

New preprint that compares the pattern similarity of meta-analysis maps and individual contrast maps of emotion categories is available at bioRxiv.

Jul. 19, 2019

The HumAN lab is recruiting graduate students! If you are interested in applying, please send an email to Dr. Kim and check out the following page.

Oct. 21, 2019

Preprint of an fMRI study showing amygdala-NAcc coupling underpins positive but not negative coloring of surprise is available at bioRxiv.

Jul. 11, 2019

Dr. Kim will be speaking at  the Cognitive Neuroscience Symposium, hosted by C-NIR and IBS, on July 26, 2019 at SKKU (South Korea).

Oct. 21, 2019

New paper examining how corticolimbic circuit moderates a link between childhood adversity and later anxiety is in press at Neuroimage: Clinical.

Feb. 1, 2019

New fMRI study that proposes the utility of a general functional connectivity is published at NeuroImage.

Oct. 2, 2019

New paper on the impact of maternal protection on the corticolimbic circuit is in press at Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience.

Dec. 22, 2018

New dMRI paper investigating the link between childhood adversity and trait anger has been accepted for publication at Aggressive Behavior.