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Human Affective Neuroscience Lab




Welcome to the Human Affective Neuroscience (HumAN) lab! We are located at Sungkyunkwan University, in the heart of Seoul, South Korea. 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

Jan. 23, 2021

Dr. Pyungwon Kang from the University of Zurich will talk about her research on Aug. 13, 2021, as our invited speaker. [read more]  

Jul. 27, 2021

A new paper that explores a connectome-wide functional signature of trait anger has been published in Clinical Psychological Science. [read more]

Jul. 20, 2021

Dr. Kim's interview has been published in the 2021 summer issue of the SKKU Newsletter. [read more]

Jul. 16, 2021

Kyuli, representing our lab in her first conference presentation, was selected as one of the recipients of the Best Student Poster Award at KSCBP! Congrats, Kyuli!

Jul. 13, 2021

Our undergraduate RAs Wonyoung, Sujin, Chaebin, E-young, Seohyeon and Hayoung received 1st prize in the SKKU Co-Deep Learning Project competition! Big congrats to Team I Lobe You!

Jun. 26, 2021

Chaebin has been accepted to the Combined Bachelor & Master (CBM) program. She will make the transition to a graduate student in due course.

Jun. 1, 2021

Dr. Kim received a 3-year research grant from the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF). Future HumAN lab research endeavors will be funded by this grant. 

May. 17, 2021

Dr. Kim was interviewed by the SKKU Webzine, our university's official online magazine. [read more]

Apr. 16, 2021

Dr. Kim joined the Korean Society for Cognitive and Biological Psychology leadership as a Board Member.

Apr. 9, 2021

HumAN lab undergraduate RAs Wonyoung, E-Young, Chaebin, Sujin, Seohyeon and Hayoung have been selected to be supported by the SKKU Co-Deep Learning Project program. 

Apr. 1, 2021

Nayoung published her first paper that reviews task-based fMRI studies showing altered corticolimbic responsivity in GAD. [read more]

Mar. 9, 2021

Dr. Kim was selected to receive the APS Rising Star award from the Association for Psychological Science. [read more]

Mar. 1, 2021

Dr. Kim was interviewed by KUNEWS to discuss Zoom fatigue in the age of COVID-19. [read more]

We Are Attending

Aug. 20, 2021

Korean Psychological Association (KPA)

Lab Presenters: Dr. Kim

*virtual conference due to COVID-19 pandemic

Jul. 29-31, 2021

Asian Association of Social Psychology (AASP)

Lab Presenters: Dr. Kim

*virtual conference due to COVID-19 pandemic

Jul. 15-16, 2021

Korean Society for Cognitive and Biological Psychology

Lab Presenters: Kyuli

*virtual conference due to COVID-19 pandemic

Apr. 13-16, 2021

Society for Affective Science (SAS)

*virtual conference due to COVID-19 pandemic

Dec. 18-19, 2020

Korean Society for Neuropsychology Research

*virtual conference due to COVID-19 pandemic

Invited Speakers & Lab Guests

Aug. 13, 2021

Dr. Pyungwon Kang

Department of Economics, University of Zurich

[read more

Feb. 1, 2021

Dr. Juyoen Hur 

Department of Psychology, Yonsei University

[read more]