Jim Kwon

Yong Jun (Jim) Kwon, B.S.

Social information processing in the brain

Jim Kwon is a PhD student in the Emory Neuroscience program. Jim received his B.S. degree in Physics from Randolph College (former Randolph Macon Women’s college) in Lynchburg, VA. During his undergraduate studies, he was heavily involved in biomedical research using cell phones to classify human activity patterns. Working on research that had high translational values appealed to him more than studying basic science, and this sparked his interest in neuroscience. It led him to pursue a PhD in neuroscience, focused on computational and behavioral neuroscience.

Jim’s research interest focuses on social behavior and its neural activity correlates. He is currently working on understanding how social information is processed in the brain, especially how different brain areas dynamically communicate with each other to convey that information. He is using prairie voles, a socially monogamous rodent, that form selective attachment to mating partners. With prairie voles, he will study how partners’ social sensory cues become more salient, as a way to understand how social information is processed in the brain.

Jim is also passionate about teaching neuroscience and computer programming. He has given many neuroscience presentations and workshops to high school, college, and graduate students. He has put together a bootcamp where Emory community – undergraduates, graduate students, and staff members – can come to learn new programming language and how to do basic data analysis using those languages.