Lab director


Choong-Wan Woo
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Choong-Wan (Wani) is the director of the Cocoan lab. His research focuses on understanding how the human brain represents, processes, and regulates pain and emotions using machine learning and computational modeling. He received his dual PhD in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience and the Institute of Cognitive Sciences from the University of Colorado Boulder (PhD advisor: Tor D. Wager), and MA in Clinical psychology and BS in Biology from Seoul National University. He has received many awards including the Fulbright Graduate Study Award from Korea and US governments, the Carol B. Lynch Graduate Fellowship from the graduate school of the University of Colorado Boulder, and the Heyer Award from the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience. Currently, he is an assistant professor at the IBS Center for Neuroscience Imaging Research and the Department of Biomedical Engineering in the Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU).

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Graduate students


Lada Kohoutová
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Lada is a graduate student in the Cocoan lab. She joined the lab in summer 2017 as a post-master researcher, and she decided to do her PhD here starting in spring 2019. She received her BS and MS in electrical engineering from Czech Technical University. Her research interests include computational methods in neuroscience and their application in biomarker development. She is also interested in individual variations in brain activity. She is currently working on a project aimed to enhance interpretability of computational models in neuroimaging.


Jae-joong Lee
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Jae-joong is a graduate student in the Cocoan lab. He received IBS director’s fellowship, which allowed him to do a lab rotation during his first-year graduate study. After a few-month search, he finally chose to join the Cocoan lab!! In 2018 summer, Jaejoong was selected to receive the Global PhD Fellowship (GPF, 글로벌박사펠로우십) from Korean National Research Foundation. He is interested in developing fMRI-based biomarkers for basic neural processes, and ultimately wants to find building blocks of psychiatric diseases. He is currently working on a project developing pain predictive models based on fMRI dynamic connectivity patterns. He recevied his M.D. in Hanyang University.


YongWook Hong
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YongWook is a graduate student in the Cocoan lab. He received B.A. in psychology at Taylor University. He is interested in the mind-body-brain interactions and wants to study the relationships between pain and its psychology aspects. He is also passionate about projects that will improve people’s physical and psychological well-being. He is currently working on a project highlighting an important methodological issue related to replicability crisis in human fMRI neuroimaging studies.



Byeol Kim
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Byeol joined the Cocoan lab as a graduate student since the 2017 summer. She majored in astronomy and psychology at Yonsei University. She is interested in the neural mechanisms underlying the effects of social contexts and factors on subjective pain. She is currently working on a project developing computational models for the dynamics of internal thoughts.





Suhwan Gim
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Suhwan is a graduate student in the Cocoan lab. He received B.A. in psychology at Sungkyunkwan University. His research interest is to understand how psychological health and biological factors influence each other. He is eager to answer the question of how the environment (e.g., personal background, contexts, cultures, etc.) affects subjective experience of pain and its brain activity.

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Hong Ji Kim
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Hong Ji is a graduate student in the Cocoan lab. During undergrad, she double-majored in Biological science and Psychology. She is currently interested in understanding the links between neuroscience and social psychology, especially human motivation such as belonging motivation, self, intrinsic motivation, and regulatory fit. Understanding differences in neural representations of different types of pain–e.g., psychological, social, and physical–is also her interest.




Sooan Lee
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Sooan is a graduate student in the Cocoan Lab. She joined the Cocoan Lab as a undergrad RA since June 2017, and now became a graduate student in the lab. Her undergrad major is Psychology, and she is interested in positive psychology. She wants to study psychological mechanisms and methods to enhance people’s mental health and well-being.





Research staffs


Nicolette Boesen
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Nicolette(Nicky) is a post-master research assistant in the Cocoan lab. She joined in the summer of 2019. She received her BS in cognitive and clinical neuropsychology and her MS in neurosciences from VU University Amsterdam. She is interested in a broad range of research topics within the fields of psychology and neurosciences and hopes to acquire new skills and develop herself within the research field.

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Sungwoo Lee
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Sungwoo is a postbac RA in the Cocoan lab. He received B.A. in Psychology at Catholic University of Korea and is taking another B.S. course in Computer science and Statistics at Korea National Open University. He is interested in computational mechanism of neural activity such as pain and pleasure. He wants to build computational predictive models of emotions.




Donghee Lee
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Donghee is a lab manager of the Cocoan Lab. He double majored in Consumer & Family Science and Data Science at Sungkyunkwan University. Due to his interests in the human mind, he decided to change his major to computational neuroscience. He is broadly interested in cognitive science, computational neuroscience and artificial intelligence. His research interests include human emotions and computational modeling.




Jungwoo Kim
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Jungwoo is a postbac RA in the Cocoan lab. He majored systems biology and minoring philosophy at Yonsei University. He is interested in how emotions are made, especially about negative emotions such as anxiety and anger.







Undergraduate students


Hyebin Kim
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Hyebin is an undergrad research assistant in the Cocoan lab. She is double majoring in Integrative biotechnology and Informatics interdisciplinary program (C-School) at Sungkyunkwan University. She is interested in studying neuroscience and data analysis.






Myeonghun Beak

Myeonghun is an undergrad research assistant in the Cocoan lab. He is majoring in medicine and minoring in cognitive science at Gachon University. He is interested in clinical applications (e.g., diagnosis, prevention, treatment, etc.) of computational methodologies for neurological diseases, especially related to cognitive dysfunctions and impairments.





Jihoon Han
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Jihoon is currently an undergrad student at the Hongik University. He is majorining in Computer Sciences. He is working in two labs: Brain & Information Lab in Incheon University (Prof. Yongseok Yoo) and the Cocoan lab. His research interests include computational neuroscience and artificial intelligence (esp. deep learning models).






Seokho Song
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SeokHo is an undergrad research assistant in the Cocoan lab. He majors in Biomedical Engineering at Sungkyunkwan University. He is interested in human psychology, especially emotions and social relationships.







Jiyoon Han
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Ji Yoon is an undergrad research assistant in the Cocoan lab. She is majoring in Biomedical Engineering at Sungkyunkwan University. She is broadly interested in fMRI, cognitive science and neuroscience. Now her goal is to apply computational methods to neuroscience research.







Junhyeok Park


Jun Hyeok is an undergrad research assistant in the Cocoan lab. He is majoring in Biomedical Engineering at Sungkyunkwan University. He is interested in how the human brain performs day-to-day planning and execution to achieve goals. He also wants to build better artificial intelligence based on neuroscience research.






Eunjin Lee
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Eun Jin is an undergrad research assistant in the Cocoan lab. She is double majoring in Psychology and Child Psychology & Education at Sungkyunkwan University. She is broadly interested in human behavior and neuroscience. She wants to study neuro mechanisms which are related to negative emotions.






Collaborators


Within CNIR

  • Dr. Yubu Lee, Research professor: Affective computing, fMRI data analysis, facial expression analyses
  • Dr. Eunha Baeg, Research professor: Nonhuman primate fMRI
  • Bo-yong Park (PhD student) and Hyunjin Park (Professor at Electronic and Electrical Engineering, SKKU, MIP lab): Projects using open-source, large-scale data (named Big Pain Project)

  • Within SKKU

  • Sungmin Cha (PhD student), Junha Jeon (undergrad), Juyeon Heo (MS student), and Taesup Moon (Professor at Electronic and Electrical Engineering, SKKU, M.IN.D. lab): Developing fMRI-based pain markers using deep-learning algorithms (named Deep Pain Project)

  • Outside of SKKU

  • Jihoon Han and Yongseok Yoo (Professor in the department of Electronics Engineering at Incheon National University, Brain & Information Lab): Modeling thoughts and emotions using natural language procesing and network modeling
  • Woo-Young Ahn (Professor in the department of Psychology at Seoul National University, Computational Clinical Science Laboratory): Computational modeling of pain processing

  • International

  • Tor Wager et al. (My PhD advisor, University of Colorado Boulder, CAN lab): Various projects
  • Liz Losin (University of Miami, SCN lab): The ethnicity effects on pain processing in the brain
  • Alex Shackman (University of Maryland, Shackman lab): Cognitive control, negative emotion, and pain in aMCC
  • Pierre Rainville et al. (Universitaire de Montréal, LaNeP3): After-effect of cognitive control on pain
  • Jessica Andrews-Hanna (University of Arizona, NET lab): Free-association semantic task
  • Naomi Eisenberger (UCLA, SAN lab) and Matthew Lieberman (UCLA, SCN lab): Social rejection




  • We’re hiring! (for more imforation, please see here)