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Hee Yeon Im, Ph.D.


Academic Appointments

  • Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Postdoctoral Fellow (2015-Current)
    Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, Department of Radiology (Advisor: Kestutis Kveraga)
  • Brown University, Postdoctoral Associate (2014-2015)
    Department of Cognitive, Linguistics, & Psychological Sciences (Advisor: Joo-Hyun Song)

Education

  • Johns Hopkins University Ph.D. in Psychological & Brain Sciences (2008-2013)
    Advisor: Justin Halberda
  • Yonsei University (Seoul, Korea) M.Sc. in Cognitive Science (2006-2008)
    Advisor: Sang Chul Chong
  • Yonsei University (Seoul, Korea) B.S. in Psychology (2001-2006)
  • Maryville College (Maryville, TN) Visiting student (2005)

Publications (Click here for pdf files)

  • Cushing, C., Im, H.Y., Adams, R.B.Jr., Ward, N., & Kveraga, K. (2019). Magnocellular and parvocellular pathway contributions to facial threat cue processing. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 14, 151-162.
  • Kveraga, K., De Vito, D., Cushing, C., Im, H.Y., Albohn, D.N., & Adams, R.B.Jr. (in press). Spatial and feature-based attention to expressive faces. Experimental Brain Research.
  • Im, H.Y., Adams, R.B.Jr., Cushing, C., Boshyan, J., Ward, N., & Kveraga, K. (2018). Sex-related differences in behavioral and amygdalar responses to compound facial threat cues. Human Brain Mapping, 39, 2725-2741.
  • Cushing, C., Im, H.Y., Adams, R.B.Jr., Ward, N., Albohn, N.D., Steiner, T.G., & Kveraga, K. (2018). Neurodynamics and connectivity during facial fear perception: The role of threat exposure and signal congruity. Scientific Reports, 8, 2776.
  • Im, H.Y., Albohn, N.D., Steiner, T.G., Cushing, C., Adams, R.B.Jr., & Kveraga, K. (2017). Ensemble coding of crowd emotion: Differential hemispheric and visual stream contributions. Nature Human Behaviour, 1, 828-842.
  • Im, H.Y., Adams, R.B.Jr., Boshyan, J., Ward, N., Cushing, C., & Kveraga, K. (2017). Observer’s anxiety facilitates magnocellular processing of clear facial threat cues, but impairs parvocellular processing of ambiguous facial threat cues. Scientific Reports, 7, 15151.
  • Im, H.Y., Chong, S.C., Sun, J., Steiner, T.G., Albohn, D.N., Adams, R.B.Jr., & Kveraga, K. (2017). Cross-cultural effects on ensemble coding of emotion in facial crowds. Culture and Brain, 5, 125-152.
  • Im, H.Y., Bédard, P., & Song, J-H. (2016). Long lasting attentional-context dependent visuomotor memory. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception & Performance, 42, 1269-1274.
  • Im, H.Y., Zhong, S., & Halberda, J. (2016). Perceptual groups as a unit for rapid extraction of approximate number of elements in random dot arrays. Vision Research, 126, 291-307.
  • Odic, D., Im, H.Y., Eisinger, R., Ly, R., & Halberda, J. (2016). PsiMLE: A maximum-likelihood approach to estimating psychophysical scaling and variability more reliably, efficiently, and flexibly. Behavioral Research Methods, 48, 445-462.
  • Im, H.Y., Bédard, P., & Song, J-H. (2015). Encoding attentional-states during visuomotor learning. Journal of Vision, 15, 1-16.
  • Im, H.Y., Park, W., & Chong, S.C. (2015). Ensemble statistics as a unit of selection. Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 27, 114-127.
  • Im, H.Y., & Chong, S.C. (2014). Mean size as a unit of visual working memory. Perception, 43, 663-676.
  • Im, H.Y., & Halberda, J. (2013). The effects of sampling and internal noise on the representation of ensemble average size. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 75, 278-286.
  • Im, H.Y., & Chong, S.C. (2009). Computation of mean size is based on perceived size. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 71, 375-384.
  • Park, K.M., Cha, O., Kim, S., Im, H.Y., Chong, S.C., (2007). The Influence of Depth Context on Blind Spot Filling-in. Korean Journal of Cognitive Science, 18, 351-370.

Manuscripts Under Review (Reprints available)

  • Im, H.Y., & Song, J-H., Paradoxical benefits of attentional distraction for visuomotor adaptation without awareness.
  • Im, H.Y., Cushing, C., Ward, N., Boshyan, J., Adams, R.B.Jr., & Kveraga, K., Different temporal characteristics of MEG activation during emotional perception of people and individuals.
  • Kveraga, K., Im, H.Y., Ward, N., & Adams, R.B.Jr., Fast saccadic and manual responses to faces presented to the koniocellular visual pathway.

Fellowships and Academic Awards

  • ECOR Tosteson Postdoctoral Fellowship Award for Medical Discovery (2018)
    Role: Principal Investigator, Massachusetts General Hospital
    Total: $74,386
  • Neuroimaging Funding Initiative for Research Fellows (2015)
    Role: Principal Investigator, Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging
    Total: $12,000
  • Center for Vision Research Fellowship (2014)
    Role: Principal Investigator, Brown University
    Total: $13,742
  • Collaborative Research Award (2013)
    Johns Hopkins University
    This award supports interdisciplinary research work proposed by graduate students from different laboratories.
  • Mary Ainsworth Research Award (2012)
    Johns Hopkins University
    This award recognizes a female graduate student who has demonstrated exceptional scholarly progress in research.

  • Pending grant application (Under review)
    K01 Research Scientist Development Award (Total: $740,880, National Institute of Mental Health)
    Title: Elucidating sex-specific roles of social anxiety in modulating neurodynamics of social perception
    Role: Principal Investigator

Teaching Experiences

Section Instructor:

  • Advanced Statistical Methods (Graduate level), Johns Hopkins University
  • Foundations of Mind, Johns Hopkins University
  • Functional Human Neuroanatomy, Johns Hopkins University

Guest Lecturer:

  • Perception and Mind: Scene Perception, Brown University

Teaching Assistant:

  • Developmental Psychology, Johns Hopkins University
  • Psychology and Law: Clinical Applications, Johns Hopkins University
  • Sensation and Perception, Johns Hopkins University
  • Introduction to Cognitive Science, Yonsei University

Ad Hoc Reviewing

  • Acta Psychologica
  • Attention, Perception, and Psychophysics
  • European Journal of Neuroscience
  • Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Journal of Experimental Psychology: General
  • PLoS One
  • Journal of Vision
  • Vision Research
  • Visual Cognition
  • Frontiers in Psychology

Invited Talks (Click here to see some of my talk slides)

  • Brigham and Woman’s Hospital, Boston, MA (2018)
  • Brown University, Providence, RI (2018)
  • Press Conference on Social Behavior at ’15 Society for Neuroscience, Chicago, IL (2015)
  • Brown University, Providence, RI (2014)
  • MIT, Cambridge, MA (2013)
  • Korea University, Seoul, Korea (2013)
  • Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea (2013)

Working Papers

  • Im, H.Y., & Halberda, J., A two-state detect-or-guess model of visual perception and memory.
  • Im, H.Y., Adams, R.B.Jr., Cushing, C., Ward, N., Boshyan, J., & Kveraga, K., The effects of aging in neural processing of facial threat cues via magnocellular and parvocellular pathways.
  • Im, H.Y., & Song, J.-H., Inhibitory modulation of perception and action by repeated colors without consciousness.
  • Halberda, J., Im, H.Y., & Ly, R., Attention to early visual features empowers the segmentation of ensemble visual groups.

Conference Presentations (last three years: Click here to see some of my posters)

  • Im, H.Y., Adams, R.B.Jr., Cushing, C., Boshyan, J., Ward, N., & Kveraga, K. (2018). The effects of aging in neural processing of facial threat cues via magnocellular and parvocellular pathways. Poster at Vision Sciences Society.
  • Im, H.Y., Adams, R.B.Jr., Cushing, C., Boshyan, J., Ward, N., & Kveraga, K. (2018). Sex-related differences in behavioral and neural processing of facial threat cues via magnocellular and parvocellular pathways. Poster at Cognitive Neuroscience Society.
  • Im, H.Y., Cushing, C., Albohn, D.N., Steiner, T.G., Ward, N., Adams, R.B.Jr., & Kveraga, K. (2017). Neurodynamics of reading crowd emotion: Independent visual pathways and hemispheric contributions. Poster at Vision Sciences Society.
  • Adams, R.B.Jr., Im, H.Y., Ward, N., Boshyan, J., Cushing, C., & Kveraga, K. (2017). Trait anxiety moderates visual pathway contributions to the processing of clear versus ambiguous threat. Poster at Vision Sciences Society.
  • Cushing, C., Adams, R.B.Jr., Im, H.Y., Ward, N., & Kveraga, K. (2017). Differential visual pathway contributions to compound facial threat cue processing. Poster at Vision Sciences Society.
  • Ward, N., De Vito, D., Cushing, C., Boshyan, J., Im, H.Y., Adams, R.B.Jr., & Kveraga, K. (2017). Neurodynamics and hemispheric lateralization in threat and ambiguous negative scene recognition. Poster at Vision Sciences Society.
  • Im, H.Y., Cushing, C., Adams, R.B.Jr., & Kveraga, K. (2016). Neural dynamics underlying reading of crowd emotion: MEG study. Poster at International Conference on Biomagnetism.
  • Im, H.Y., Albohn, D.N., Steiner, T.G., Adams, R.B.Jr., & Kveraga, K. (2016). Crowd emotion perception is lateralized in a goal-driven fashion and modulated by observer anxiety and stimulus characteristics: behavioral and fMRI results. Poster at Vision Sciences Society.
  • Im, H.Y., Adams, R.B.Jr., & Kveraga, K. (2016). Reading crowd emotion: The roles of hemispheric specialization, task goal, anxiety, and facial identity. Poster at Cognitive Neuroscience Society.
  • Adams, R.B.Jr., Im, H.Y., Cushing, C., Ward, N., Boshyan, J., Steiner, T.G., Albohn, D.N., & Kveraga, K. (2016). Compound facial threat cue perception: Contributions of visual pathways, aging, and anxiety. Poster at Vision Sciences Society.
  • Song, J.S., Im, H. Y., Gamble, C., & Song, J-H. (2016). Effects of scene consistency in subliminally perceived visual stimuli. Poster at Vision Sciences Society.
  • Cushing, C., Adams, R.B.Jr., Im, H.Y., Ward, N., & Kveraga, K. (2016). Neurodynamics of facial threat cue perception modulated by anxiety: A MEG study. Poster at Vision Sciences Society.
  • Khvostov, V.A., Utochkin, I.S., & Im, H.Y. (2016). Interplay between the Ebbinghaus illusion and hierarchical coding in visual working memory. Poster at Vision Sciences Society.
  • Song, J.-H., & Im, H.Y. (2016). Paradoxical benefits of attentional distraction for visuomotor memory without explicit awareness. Poster at Society for Neuroscience.
  • Song, J.-H., Im, H.Y., & Bédard, P. (2015). Encoding attentional-states during visuomotor adaptation. Poster at Vision Sciences Society.
  • Im, H.Y., & Song, J.-H. (2015). Inhibitory modulation of perception and action by repeated colors without consciousness. Poster at Vision Sciences Society.
  • Im, H.Y., Albohn, D.N., Adams, R.B.Jr., & Kveraga, K. (2015). The integrative process of reading emotional expressions from a crowd of faces. Poster at Society for Neuroscience.
  • Halberda, J., Im, H.Y. & Zhong, S. (2015). Clustering and number perception in random dot arrays. Talk at Annual Interdisciplinary Conference.

References

  • Justin Halberda, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, MD [Halberda Lab]
  • Kestutis Kveraga, Ph.D., Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, MA [Kveraga Lab]
  • Joo-Hyun Song, Ph.D., Brown University, RI [PAC Lab]
  • Reginald B. Adams, Jr., Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, PA [SPE Lab]
  • Sang Chul Chong, Ph.D., Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea [VCC Lab]