Dr. Hee Yeon Im is an Assistant Professor (contract) in the Department of Psychology and an investigator at the BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute.
Dr. Im’s research aims to understand both temporal (“when?”) and spatial (“where?”) characteristics of brain functions that allow us to interact with the world. Her research focuses on three big questions, including:
(1) How does the sensory system extract coherent, goal-relevant information from the world for a few fleeting moments and share it with the motor system immediately and continuously?
(2) How does the motor system influence the way the sensory system perceives the world?
(3) How do perception-action links emerge and change with typical and atypical brain development?
To address these questions, her research uses MEG (magnetoencephalography), functional MRI, and psychophysics in adults and children with typical development, as well as those with brain disorders.
A complete list of publications is available here: https://heeyeon-im.github.io/publications/
Recent publications (five years):
Im, H.Y., Cushing, C., Ward, N., & Kveraga, K. (2021). Differential neurodynamics and connectivity in the dorsal and ventral visual pathways during perception of emotional crowds and individuals: a MEG study. Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience.
Im, H.Y., Tiurina, N.A., & Utochkin, I.S. (2020). An explicit investigation of the roles that feature distributions play in rapid visual categorization. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics.
Kveraga, K., Im, H.Y., Ward, N., & Adams, R.B.Jr. (2020). Fast saccadic and manual responses to faces presented to the koniocellular visual pathway. Journal of Vision, 20(2):9. doi: 10.1167/jov.20.2.9.
Adams, R.B.Jr., Im, H.Y., Cushing, C., Boshyan, J., Ward, N., Albohn, D.N., & Kveraga, K. (2019). Differential magnocellular versus parvocellular pathway contributions to the combinatorial processing of facial threat. Progress in Brain Research, 247, 71-87.
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. (2019). Spatial and feature-based attention to expressive faces. Experimental Brain Research, 4, 967-975.
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.