Jiyoung Park

Assistant Professor at UMass Amherst

My overarching research goals are to understand the neurobiological mechanisms that underlie emotional processing, and how these responses are modulated by socio-cultural environments. In this vein, I pursue two related lines of research: (a) to explore how culture influences initial/automatic emotional reaction to negative events as well as expression of negative emotions, and (b) to understand what psychosocial conditions allow people to adaptively regulate emotions in ways that promote their health and well-being. I examine these issues by taking an integrative approach that incorporates methods from multiple levels of analysis, using social-cognitive, neural (EEG/ERP), and biological/health (autonomic nervous system and neuroendocrinology) measures.