Korea University Department of Psychology

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Research Areas

The Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience(BCN) major at Korea University was launched in 2014, in accordance with the trend of contemporary psychology that blurred the boundaries of biological and cognitive psychology. In BCN, we study the network of processes comprising mind and behavior, and the neural concomitants of them. For that matter, we utilize conventional cognitive psychological methods, psychophysics, neurophysiology, eye tracking, and neuro-imaging including EEG/ERP and fMRI comprehensively. BCN includes six faculty members who investigate the following topics.

The Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience

Prof. Kichun Nam


Prof. Kichun Nam

Psychology of Language, Learning and Memory, Cognitive Control, Brain and Neural Science


Among the fields of cognitive psychology, psycholinguistics has not been long since it was firstly introduced in Korea. The team has been building the basics, covering vast area of Korean language processing. They have conducted research on artificial intelligent, and proceeded some projects on emotional engineering. Recently, they have investigated on enhancing brain functions and re-socialization using technological aids.

Prof. Jun-Seek Choi


Prof. Jun-Seek Choi

Fear conditioning, memory, animal disease model, neural recording, robot-animal interaction


They use animal models to investigate how emotional events are encoded and represented in the brain. Recently, they have conducted studies on the functions of brain areas such as amygdala, hippocampus, and prefrontal cortex using new research methods with drug infusion, neural recording, and predator robots. There are ongoing projects examining neurobiological mechanisms and treatments for psychiatric disorders using animal models with mice.

Prof. Yang Seok Cho


Prof. Yang Seok Cho

Cognition, Attention, Response Selection, Human Factors


The team has conducted behavioral and brain experiments to investigate humans’ cognitive characteristics and attention-related cognitive mechanisms. In detail, they have examined the roles of attention, variables affecting the attention process, and adaptations of cognitive process due to the changes of task environment or the context. They are also interested in response selection and the cognitive mechanism dependent on the types of the goal and the stimulations of the task. They are also interested in promoting convenience in regards of human factors by observing how people perceive stimuli and respond to them.

Prof. Hakjin Kim


Prof. Hakjin Kim

Cognitive neuroscientific research of emotion / social decision


The team has been proceeding studies on brain mechanisms related to making judgement and choices. Their special research interests lie at defining brain functionality in decision making in various circumstances where different kinds of affective and social information are given. Recently, they are working on some projects dealing with the impacts of others’ expectation on one’s preference judgement, and the brain mechanism of sympathy, altruistic behaviors, and ethical moral judgement.

Prof. Chai-Youn Kim


Prof. Chai-Youn Kim

neural mechanism of visual perception, visual awareness, multisensory integration, neuroaesthetics, social perception


Visual System & Cognitive Neuroscience Lab has been performing experiments on visual experience and its neural mechanism. Recently, they are working on projects on defining the functionality of the neural-system controlling visual perception as well as color-graphemic synesthesia. Recently, they started to research on neuro-esthetic field combining art, visual perception, and neuroscience.

 

Prof.Yong-Sang Cho

Reinforcement learning, drug addiction, Fear learning and extinction


We perform animal research to understand the neural mechanisms of various behaviors. Especially the corrent research topics are dopaminergic roles in reinforcement learning, drug addiction, and fear learning and extinction. We use multiple research methods for experiments, such as optogenetics, chemogenetics, single-unit recording, and gene mutagenesis using CRISPR/Cas9 technologies.