Department of PsychologyUniversity of Hawaii at Manoa

Department of Psychology Faculty Profile

Justin Kim

Justin Kim

Assistant Professor

Education

Ph.D., Psychological and Brain Sciences, Dartmouth College (2016); M.A., Clinical Psychology, Seoul National University (2006); B.A., Psychology, Seoul National University (2004)

Research

Aiming to understand the psychological and neurobiological mechanisms that underpin how we experience our own emotions and evaluate the emotions of others. Using multimodal neuroimaging tools that include functional and diffusion MRI, his work examines the role of a corticolimbic neural circuitry that centers on the amygdala and the prefrontal cortex in such affective processes. Dr. Kim’s research interests include identifying the neural underpinnings of affective valence computation during person perception, a process where we integrate information from multiple sources (e.g., contextual cues, facial features) that influences how we perceive the facial expressions of others.

Publications

Microstructural integrity of white matter moderates an association between childhood adversity and adult trait anger. Aggressive Behavior (in press). (2019)
  Type: Articles in international or national refereed journals
  Co-Authors: Kim MJ, Elliot ML, d’Arbeloff TC, Knodt AR, Radtke SR, Brigidi BD & Hariri AR

General Functional Connectivity: shared features of resting-state and task fMRI drive reliable and heritable individual differences in functional brain networks. NeuroImage, 189, 516-532. (2019)
  Type: Articles in international or national refereed journals
  Co-Authors: Elliott ML, Knodt AR, Cooke M, Kim MJ, Melzer T, Keenan R, Ireland D, Ramrakha S, Poulton R, Caspi A, Moffitt TE & Hariri AR

Preliminary report on the association between pulvinar volume and the ability to detect backward-masked facial features. Neuropsychologia. (2018)
  Type: Articles in international or national refereed journals
  Co-Authors: Kim MJ, Mattek AM, Burr D & Whalen PJ

A link between childhood adversity and trait anger reflects relative activity of the amygdala and dorsolateral prefrontal cortex. Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging. (2018)
  Type: Articles in international or national refereed journals
  Co-Authors: Kim MJ, Scult MA, Knodt AR, Radtke SR, d’Arbeloff TC, Brigidi BD & Hariri AR

Neurogenetic plasticity and sex influence the link between corticolimbic structural connectivity and trait anxiety. Scientific Reports, 7, 10959. (2017)
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  Type: Articles in international or national refereed journals
  Co-Authors: Kim MJ, Avinun R, Knodt AR, Radtke SR & Hariri AR

Intolerance of uncertainty predicts increased striatal volume. Emotion, 17, 6, 895-899. (2017)
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  Type: Articles in international or national refereed journals
  Co-Authors: Kim MJ, Shin J, Taylor JM, Mattek AM, Chavez SJ & Whalen PJ

Human amygdala tracks feature-based affective valence signal embedded within the facial expressions of surprise. Journal of Neuroscience, 37, 9510-9518. (2017)
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  Type: Articles in international or national refereed journals
  Co-Authors: Kim MJ, Mattek AM, Bennett RH, Solomon KM, Shin J & Whalen PJ

The inverse relationship between the microstructural variability of amygdala-prefrontal pathways and trait anxiety is moderated by sex. Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience, 10, 93. (2016)
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  Type: Articles in international or national refereed journals
  Co-Authors: Kim MJ, Brown AC, Mattek AM, Chavez SJ, Taylor JM, Palmer AL, Wu Y-C & Whalen PJ

A face versus non-face context influences amygdala responses to masked fearful eye whites. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 11, 12, 1933-1941. (2016)
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  Type: Articles in international or national refereed journals
  Co-Authors: Kim MJ, Solomon KM, Neta M, Davis FC, Oler JA, Mazzulla EC & Whalen PJ

Botulinum toxin-induced facial muscle paralysis affects amygdala responses to the perception of emotional expressions: Preliminary findings from an A-B-A design. Biology of Mood and Anxiety Disorders, 4, 11. (2014)
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  Type: Articles in international or national refereed journals
  Co-Authors: Kim MJ, Neta M, Davis FC, Ruberry EJ, Dinescu D, Heatherton TF, Stotland MA & Whalen PJ

Anxiety dissociates dorsal and ventral medial prefrontal cortex functional connectivity with the amygdala at rest. Cerebral Cortex, 21, 7, 1667-1673. (2011)
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  Type: Articles in international or national refereed journals
  Co-Authors: Kim MJ, Gee DG, Loucks RA, Davis FC & Whalen PJ

The structural and functional connectivity of the amygdala: From normal emotion to pathological anxiety. Behavioural Brain Research, 223, 2, 403-410. (2011)
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  Type: Articles in international or national refereed journals
  Co-Authors: Kim MJ, Loucks RA, Palmer AL, Brown AC, Solomon KM, Marchante AN & Whalen PJ

Behind the mask: the influence of mask-type on amygdala response to fearful faces. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 5, 4, 363-368. (2010)
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  Type: Articles in international or national refereed journals
  Co-Authors: Kim MJ, Loucks RA, Neta M, Davis FC, Oler JA, Mazzulla EC & Whalen PJ

The structural integrity of an amygdala-prefrontal pathway predicts trait anxiety. Journal of Neuroscience, 29, 11614-11618. (2009)
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  Type: Articles in international or national refereed journals
  Co-Authors: Kim MJ & Whalen PJ

Awards & Honors

Hannah Croasdale Award for Academic Excellence, Dartmouth College (2017)

William M. Smith Promise Award in the Brain Sciences, Dartmouth College (2017)

Trainee Professional Development Award, Society for Neuroscience (2015)

F31 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award, NIMH (2010) : "Amygdala-prefrontal interactions when interpreting ambiguous facial expressions."

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