I am a visiting professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, the USA. I am currently affiliated with the Brain, Behavior, and Quantitative Science Program.
My primary research interest is how people construct and update their social knowledge and beliefs under uncertainty. Some of the research looked at how prototypical vs. underrepresented members reduce uncertainty about themselves and group via different social inference mechanisms. A fascinating finding is that minority members introduce innovation into a group and improve group performance as a result of their erroneous inference under uncertainty.
I also use agent-based modeling and computer simulations to investigate how psychological micro-mechanisms generate societal macro-phenomena such as social change, diversity, and polarization. I participated in the Complex Adaptive Systems Modeling course, taught by Dr. Scott Page, at the ICPSR summer school of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in the Summers of 2011 and 2012. Since then, I have been collaborating with Dr. Aaron Bramson on the indirect minority influence model, and also with the Computational Social Philosophy Lab on polarization. In the Summers of 2017, 2018, and 2019, I was fortunate to attend the Graduate and Advanced Alumni Workshops in Computational Social Science and Modeling and Complexity, directed by Dr. John Miller and Dr. Scott Page, at the Santa Fe Institute in Santa Fe, NM (2017 GWCSS, 2018 AGWCSS, and 2019 AGWCSS).
Some of conference symposia I organized include "Modeling the Psychological and Social Dynamics of Beliefs" at the 32nd Annual Convention of Association for Psychological Science (APS) in May 2020, Chicago, IL, the USA (canceled due to the covid-19 pandemic), "Changes in Group Structures, Uncertainty and Continuity" at the 17th General Meeting of the European Association of Social Psychology in July 2014 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands; and "Integrate or Separate? Collective Action in Uncertain Times" at the 10th Biennial Conference of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, June 2014 in Portland, OR, the USA. I chaired the Social Social colloquial series in the year of 2017-2018.
2016 was a lucky year for me. I received the APA-USNC International Travel and Mentoring Award from the American Psychological Association, the Research Scientist of the Year Award from the Department of Psychology at Claremont Graduate University, and the Best Paper Award from the Computational Social Science Society of the Americas.
I was born in Seoul, South Korea. Before coming to Lawrence, I received my PhD in Social Psychology from Claremont Graduate University. I studied Biology B.S. at the Seoul National University and Social Psychology M.A. at the Sungkyunkwan University, both in Seoul. I worked as an editor for the Toto Book publisher. As part of this work, I formulated an environmental education program for youth and helped Dae-Kwon Hwang to run the Wild Grass School. Later I edited Mr. Hwang's related book, ''Wild Grass School".
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