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Kyungmi Kim

Assistant Professor of Psychology

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MA Yonsei University
MPHIL Yale University
MS Yale University
PHD Yale University

Kyungmi Kim


Kyungmi Kim is a cognitive psychologist.  The overarching goal of Dr. Kim's research program is to identify psychological mechanisms through which the mind subjectively construes the external world. Her current research is guided by three fundamental questions:

  1. How do we process the “selfness” of external entities and how does this self-related processing affect our cognition and behavior?
  2. How does our prior experience affect what we derive from current experience?
  3. How do our emotions affect how/what we learn and remember?

In her work, Dr. Kim draws on a range of theories and methodologies from within the fields of both cognitive and social psychology/neuroscience.  With an aim to integrate introspective, behavioral, and neurophysiological data, she has used a multimodal approach that includes self-reports, behavioral experiments, and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).

Dr. Kim received her B.A. in French Language and Literature from Chung-Ang Univeristy, South Korea and her M.A. in Psychology with a concentration in Counselng Psychology from Yonsei University, South Korea.  She completed her Ph.D. in Psychology at Yale University.

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Spring 2019: On sabbatical leave 


Fall 2019
PSYC 210 - 01
Research Methods In Cognition

PSYC 341 - 01
Psychology of Human Memory