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. ​

Updates & Announcements

Aug. 10, 2022

Three-peat! Hayoung, Lian, Yujin, Yunsu and Sumin are proud winners of the 1st prize in the 2022-1 SKKU Co-Deep Learning Project competition.

Jun. 22, 2022

Congrats to Chaebin and Sujin, whose joint first authored paper has been accepted to be published in Brain Imaging and Behavior! [read more]

May. 26, 2022

Hayoung has been selected to participate in the 2022 IBS CNIR Summer School! [read more]

May. 13, 2022

Our paper that exploring a connectome-wide functional signature of trait anger is now officially available in the May issue of Clinical Psychological Science. [read more]

May. 12, 2022

Ready for Round 3! Hayoung, Lian, Yujin, Yunsu and Sumin have been selected to be supported by the SKKU Co-Deep Learning Project program.

Mar. 28, 2022

Our graduate students have been selected to receive support from the SKKU Cluster/Lab Mentoring program under the banner of the HumAN Lab Humans until January 2023.

Feb. 1, 2022

A new paper that assesses the utility of meta-analytic brain maps of emotional categories has been published in Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. [read more]

Jan. 14, 2022

Huge congrats to Chaebin, Sujin, E-young, Seohyeon and Hayoung for winning the grand prize in the 2021-2 SKKU Co-Deep Learning Project competition!

Dec. 30, 2021

E-young and Hayoung have been accepted to the Combined Bachelors & Masters program! They will become graduate students in 2022.

Sept. 24, 2021

Here we go again! Chaebin, Sujin, E-Young, Seohyeon and Hayoung have been selected to be supported by the SKKU Co-Deep Learning Project program.

Aug. 1, 2021

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

Jul. 21, 2021

Our commentary on how the dmPFC delineates the self and other against the tendency to form interdependent social representations has been published in Neuron. [read more]

We Are Attending

May. 26-29, 2022

Association for Psychological Science (APS)

Presenters: Wonyoung (with Kyuli, Nayoung)

Chicago, IL

Apr. 14-16, 2022

Korean Clinical Psychology Association (KCPA)

Presenters: Dr. Kim

*virtual conference due to COVID-19 pandemic

Mar. 30-Apr. 2, 2022

Society for Affective Science (SAS)

Presenters: Nayoung, Kyuli, Wonyoung

*virtual conference due to COVID-19 pandemic

Feb. 17-18, 2022

Korean Society for Cognitive & Biological Psychology

Presenters: Sujin, Chaebin, Hayoung, E-young, Seohyeon

*virtual conference due to COVID-19 pandemic

Invited Speakers & Guests

Aug. 4, 2022

Dr. Youngbin Kwak [lab]

Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Jul. 27, 2022

Dr. Pilyoung Kim [lab]

Department of Psychology, University of Denver

Jul. 6, 2022

Dr. Ain Chung

Center for Regenerative Medicine, MGH, Harvard Medical School

Aug. 13, 2021

Dr. Pyungwon Kang

Department of Economics, University of Zurich

Feb. 1, 2021

Dr. Juyoen Hur [lab]

Department of Psychology, Yonsei University