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Dr Misun Kim
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  • Senior Research Fellow
  • Clinical & Experimental Epilepsy
  • UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences

2023-now: Senior Research Fellow, University College London, United Kingdom (Supervisor: Prof. Neil Burgess) 

2018-2022: Postdoctoral researcher, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany (Supervisor: Prof. Christian Doeller) 

2018 Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London, United Kingdom 

  • Thesis: Three-dimensional space representation in the human brain (Supervisor: Prof. Eleanor Maguire) 

2013 M.S. in Electrical Engineering, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Daejeon, South Korea 

2011 B.S. in Bio and Brain Engineering / Minor: Physics (Summa Cum Laude), Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Daejeon, South Korea

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Research Summary
Space is a basis for our physical experience as well as abstract thought. How people perceive a space and navigate within it is a fundamental question in cognitive science, with broad implications in neuroscience, psychology, neurology, ethology, robotics and artificial intelligence. My research concerns one critical form of spatial processing: how do humans navigate in a 3D world? I study whether the brain processes the extra third dimension as it encodes 2D spatial information, how people build cognitive maps of a 3D space, and whether the map follows Euclidean geometry. Virtual reality, non-invasive neuroimaging, and computational models are my main research tools. I am also interested in clinical and technical applications (e.g., spatial disorientation in aging) as well as more general cognitive processes (e.g., inference and relational learning in abstract space).
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