Human Affective Neuroscience Lab


Sungkyunkwan University


Welcome to the Human Affective Neuroscience (HumAN) lab! We are located in the Department of Psychology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. We are moving to Sungkyunkwan University in the summer. 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.

HumAN Lab

Updates & Announcements

May. 17, 2020

We've added a Media page that provides a list of links to press coverage, interviews, and professional commentaries of our research. [read more]

Apr. 18, 2020

fMRI paper highlighting the representational structure of affect in the fusiform gyrus and the amygdala is published at Affective Science. [read more]

Apr. 9, 2020

Dr. Kim was invited to speak at the Neuroeconomics Seminar in the University of Zurich. The presentation was done via Zoom. [read more]

Mar. 12, 2020

If you are interested in joining the HumAN lab at SKKU, please email Dr. Kim at

Mar. 1, 2020

We are moving to Sungkyunkwan University in the summer! Dr. Kim will be joining the Department of Psychology at SKKU as an Assistant Professor.

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. [read more]

Oct. 21, 2019

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

Oct. 21, 2019

New paper examining how corticolimbic circuit moderates a link between childhood adversity and later anxiety is in press at Neuroimage: Clinical. [Update: paper now published on 10/23/19] [read more]

Oct. 2, 2019

New paper exploring the impact of maternal protection on the corticolimbic circuit is in press at Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience. [read more]

We will be attending:

Jun. 26-30, 2020

Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM)

Montreal, Canada

*replaced with a virtual conference due to COVID-19 pandemic

Apr. 23-25, 2020

Society for Affective Science (SAS)

San Francisco, CA, USA

*replaced with a virtual conference due to COVID-19 pandemic

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