People

Meet the members of our research team.

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Lab Director

JUSTIN MINUE KIM, Ph.D.

Dr. Kim is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Sungkyunkwan University where he is also affiliated with the Center for Neuroscience Imaging Research at the Institute for Basic Science. He is the director of the Human Affective Neuroscience lab. In the academia, Dr. Kim is also known as M. Justin Kim (his "pen name").

Before joining the faculty at SKKU in 2020, Dr. Kim was a Postdoctoral Associate at Duke University, then an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Dr. Kim holds a Ph.D. in Psychological and Brain Sciences from Dartmouth College, and an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Seoul National University. Dr. Kim was named an APS Rising Star in 2021. ​

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Graduate Students

NAYOUNG KIM

Nayoung was a Psychology major at SKKU, and joined the HumAN lab via the Combined Bachelor & Master (CBM) Program. She transitioned to a graduate student in Spring 2021.

Research Interests

  • Neurocognitive processes of individual differences in emotional disposition (e.g., valence bias)

  • Facial feature-based decoding of ambiguous emotional signals ​

Publications & Honors

  • Kim N & Kim MJ (2021). Altered task-evoked corticolimbic responsivity in generalized anxiety disorder. Int J Mol Sci 22, 3630.

KYULI LEE

Kyuli majored in Electronic Engineering at Soongsil University. She joined the HumAN lab as a graduate student in Spring 2021. ​

Research Interests

  • Individual differences in stress response to similar situations and the role of the limbic system

  • Affective neuroscience-based personality characteristics ​

Publications & Honors

  • Best Student Poster Award, 2021 KSCBP

WONYOUNG KIM

Wonyoung was a Psychology major at SKKU. He joined the HumAN lab as an undergraduate research assistant, and became a graduate student via the CBM program. ​

Research Interests

  • Mapping internalizing symptoms onto brain structure & connectivity

  • Clinical & social implications of affective neuroscience ​

Publications & Honors

  • 1st Prize, 2021-1 SKKU Co-Deep Learning Project competition as the leader of Team I Lobe You

CHAEBIN YOO

Chaebin was a Psychology major at SKKU. She joined the HumAN lab as an undergraduate research assistant, and became a graduate student via the CBM program. ​

Research Interests

  • Neural underpinnings of negative emotions and anxiety

  • Clinical implications of brain-affect associations ​

Publications & Honors

  • Yoo C*, Park S* & Kim MJ (in press). Structural connectome-based prediction of trait anxiety. Brain Imaging Behav *Equal author contribution

  • Grand Prize, 2021-2 SKKU Co-Deep Learning Project competition as the leader of Team Social Distancing

  • 1st Prize, 2021-1 SKKU Co-Deep Learning Project competition as a member of Team I Lobe You

SUJIN PARK

Sujin was a Political Science & Diplomacy and Psychology double major at SKKU. She joined the HumAN lab as an undergraduate research assistant, and became a graduate student via the CBM program. ​

Research Interests

  • Neural mechanisms of facial recognition & emotion perception

  • Clinical disorders featuring social communication difficulties

Publications & Honors

  • Yoo C*, Park S* & Kim MJ (in press). Structural connectome-based prediction of trait anxiety. Brain Imaging Behav *Equal author contribution

  • Grand Prize, 2021-2 SKKU Co-Deep Learning Project competition as a member of Team Social Distancing

  • 1st Prize, 2021-1 SKKU Co-Deep Learning Project competition as a member of Team I Lobe You

E-YOUNG JUNG

E-young is a Psychology and Surface Design double major at SKKU. She is an undergraduate research assistant in the HumAN lab, and will transition to a graduate student via the CBM program. ​

Research Interests

  • Affective interactions in dyads vs. small groups

  • Social aspects of affective neuroscience ​

Publications & Honors

  • Grand Prize, 2021-2 SKKU Co-Deep Learning Project competition as a member of Team Social Distancing

  • 1st Prize, 2021-1 SKKU Co-Deep Learning Project competition as a member of Team I Lobe You

HAYOUNG RYU

Hayoung studies Psychology and Business Administration at SKKU. She joined the HumAN lab as an undergraduate research assistant and will transition to a graduate student via the CBM program. ​

Research Interests

  • Neural underpinnings of emotion using naturalistic stimuli and fMRI

  • Neurobiological basis of group polarization and how the 'dark side' of human nature evolves within a group or a society ​

Publications & Honors

  • 1st Prize, 2022-1 SKKU Co-Deep Learning Project competition as the leader of Team Cinema Paradiso

  • Grand Prize, 2021-2 SKKU Co-Deep Learning Project competition as a member of Team Social Distancing

  • 1st Prize, 2021-1 SKKU Co-Deep Learning Project competition as a member of Team I Lobe You

Research Assistants

SEOHYEON LEE

Seohyeon is an undergraduate student at SKKU majoring in Psychology. She joined HumAN lab as an undergraduate research assistant. ​

Research Interests

  • Individual differences in the thresholds for feeling emotions, such as depression & happiness

  • Brain-based understanding of personality formation ​

Publications & Honors

  • Grand Prize, 2021-2 SKKU Co-Deep Learning Project competition as a member of Team Social Distancing

  • 1st Prize, 2021-1 SKKU Co-Deep Learning Project competition as a member of Team I Lobe You

SUMIN SHIN

Sumin is a double major in Child Psychology & Education and Psychology at SKKU. She joined the HumAN lab as an undergraduate research assistant. ​

Research Interests

  • Impact of early experiences on brain development, emotion regulation, and facial processing

  • Brain-based prediction of affective disorders

  • Developmental & clinical neuroscience

Publications & Honors

  • 1st Prize, 2022-1 SKKU Co-Deep Learning Project competition as a member of Team Cinema Paradiso

YUJIN CHOI

Yujin majored in Psychology at SKKU and joined the HumAN lab as a undergraduate student/research assistant in March 2022.

Research Interests

  • Brain-based understanding of group-level emotions and collective emotions

  • Neural basis of memory formation

Publications & Honors

  • 1st Prize, 2022-1 SKKU Co-Deep Learning Project competition as a member of Team Cinema Paradiso

SEOHYUN PARK

Seohyun studies Psychology and Germanistik at SKKU. She joined HumAN lab as an undergraduate research assistant.

Research Interests

  • Affective neuroscience-based personality characteristics

  • Neuroscience-based understanding of an individual's response to social situations

  • Brain-based prediction of individual differences in stress control (natural emotions and regulation)