Lab Director


Dr. Kim is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Sungkyunkwan University and 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.

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. 


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