Lab Director


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.

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Research Assistants


Nayoung is a Psychology major at SKKU, and joined the HumAN lab via the Combined Bachelor & Master Program. She will transition into a graduate student in Spring 2021.

Broadly, she is interested in how and why people differ in their emotional disposition by explicating the underlying neurocognitive processes responsible for the emergence of such inter-individual variations. Outside the lab, Nayoung indulges in fantasy novels - briefly leaving behind the scientific and empirical world.



Seokyung ('21) is a Psychology major at Grinnell College. She is visiting the HumAN lab during the 2020 Fall semester.


Seokyung's primary interests are cognitive and developmental psychology, and she wants to incorporate these fields with neuroscience to deepen her understanding of the human information processing system. Seokyung is particularly passionate about thinking of practical application of research findings to various areas, such as education. 



Wonyoung is a Psychology major at SKKU. He joined the HumAN lab as an undergraduate research assistant.

Wonyoung's research interests lie where social and clinical neurosciences meet. He is interested in the inter-individual variability of brain structure and connectivity as a function of mood disorder symptoms, focusing on its interpersonal and clinical implications. His passion for understanding the human mind occasionally takes on a different form, such as enjoying films, stories, and TV shows.



E-young is a Psychology and Surface Design double major at SKKU. She is an undergraduate research assistant in the HumAN lab.

E-young is particularly interested in the social aspects of affective neuroscience. She is motivated to learn why and how affective interactions are different between dyads versus small groups, and their neural underpinnings. In addition to research, E-young has a passion for interior design. In her spare time, E-young enjoys walking alone and exploring new places. 


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