Jeansok Kim, Ph.D.
Interests: Neurocognitive effects of stress; Emotional plasticity; Associative learning
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Stress and fear play important roles in our lives, from influencing daily behaviors to precipitating symptoms of mental health disorders. My laboratory is performing multi-level analyses toward understanding the neurobiology of stress and fear. Specifically, we investigate how stress alters hippocampal plasticity and multiple brain-memory systems, and how fear memories are formed. These investigations consist of employing lesion, intra-cerebral drug infusion, and in vitro and in vivo neurophysiological recording techniques. Recently, we began employing 'predator-like' robots and 'closed economy' (self-contained living setting comprised of safe nest and dangerous foraging zones) to investigate defensive behaviors of rats in semi-naturalistic, dynamic risky environments. These ecologically-relevant studies address the neuronal basis of the basic approach-avoid conflicts that contribute to human psychopathologies.
- Choi J-S & Kim JJ (2010) Amygdala regulates risk of predation in rats foraging in a dynamic fear environment. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 107: 21773-21777.
- Kim E, Kim EJ, Yeh R, Shin M, Bobman J, Krasne FB & Kim JJ (2014) Amygdaloid and non-amygdaloid fear both influence avoidance of risky foraging in hungry rats. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 281: 20133357.
- Kim EJ, Horovitz O, Pellman BA, Tan LM, Li Q, Richter-Levin G & Kim JJ (2013) Dorsal periaqueductal gray-amygdala pathway conveys both innate and learned fear responses in rats. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 110: 14795-14800.
- Kim EJ, Kim E, Park M, Cho J & Kim JJ (2012) Amygdalar stimulation produces alterations on firing properties of hippocampal place cells. Journal of Neuroscience 32: 11424-11434.
- Kim EJ, Park M, Kong M-S, Park SG, Cho J & Kim JJ (2015) Alterations of hippocampal place cells in foraging rats facing a 'predatory' threat. Current Biology 25: 1-6.
- Kim JJ and Diamond DM (2002) The stressed hippocampus, synaptic plasticity and lost memories. Nature Reviews Neuroscience 3: 453-462.
- Kim JJ, Lee HJ, Wellday AC, Song EY, Cho J, Sharp PE, Jung MW and Blair TH (2007) Stress-induced alterations in hippocampal plasticity, place cells and spatial memory. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 104: 18297-18302.
In the News
- 07/08/2019 Jeansok Kim’s research into fear responses in animals is featured in this Scientia article.
- 10/03/2012 Jeansok Kim has just been named the president-elect of the Pavlovian Society for the year 2013-2014.
- 05/16/2011 Jeansok Kim was named as one of the top 'Faces and Minds of Psychological Science' by APS.
- 12/06/2010 Jeansok Kim’s work on “Neuroscience of instinct: How animals overcome fear to obtain food” has received a lot of media coverage.
- 10/26/2010 Jeansok Kim has been awarded the 2010 Pavlovian Research Award.
- 07/14/2009 Ilene Bernstein’s work (along with co-authors Sabiha Barot, who just completed her doctoral studies; Ain Chung, a doctoral student; and Jeansok Kim) was featured in University Week
- 04/20/2009 Liliana Lengua and Jeansok Kim have been promoted to full professor.
- 03/09/2009 Jeansok Kim is the sole recipient of the 2009-10 Cattell Sabbatical Award.