Yoona Kang, Ph.D.
Yoona Kang’s research investigates psychological and neural mechanisms that support the development and changes in social cognition, emotions, and health outcomes. Her main research interests are in 1) linking social cognitive and affective processing in the brain to health outcomes across various developmental stages, and 2) designing interventions/education programs that guide adaptive changes in social processing to promote emotional and physical wellbeing. Kang’s work draws conceptual and methodological tools from Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, Contemplative Science, and Health Communication. She examines converging evidence across a wide range of tools, including first person reports, implicit measures, behavioral outcomes, and neuroimaging results (fMRI, fNIRS, EEG). Kang received her B.A. in Psychology from UCLA and Ph.D. in Psychology from Yale University.
Yoona Kang is a research director at the Annenberg School for Communication's Communication Neuroscience lab.