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Youngbin Kwak

In the Neuro Learning & Performance Lab, we focus on how humans learn, adjust and make decisions within a new environment. In particular, we’re interested in how these abilities change across the lifespan and in neurological diseases and what the neural and physiological underpinnings of these behaviors are. Within this effort, we use interdisciplinary approaches including neuroimaging (fMRI and EEG) and physiological measures (EMG, eye tracking, genetics and hormone assays) in children, adolescents and in adults with or without neurological diseases.

Learn more: www.kwaklab.com/

Academic Background

  • BS Seoul National University 2004
  • PhD University of Michigan 2011
  • Postdoctoral training: Duke University 2011-2014
Kwak, Y., Payne J., Cohen, A., Huettel, S.A. (in press). The rational adolescent: strategic information processing during decision making revealed by eye tracking. Cognitive Development.
Kwak, Y., Pearson, J., Huettel, S.A. (2014). Differential learning of reward for self and others predicts pro-social behavior. PloS one. 9(9), e107621.
Kwak, Y., Bohnen, N.I., Muller, M. L.T.M., Dayalu, P., Seidler, R.D. (2013). Striatal denervation pattern predicts levodopa effects on sequence learning in Parkinson’s disease. Journal of Motor Behavior. 45(5): 423-429
Kwak, Y., Bohnen, N.I., Muller, M. L.T.M., Dayalu, P., Burke, D.T., Seidler, R.D. (2013). Task-dependent interactions between Dopamine D2 receptor polymorphisms and L-DOPA in patients with Parkinson’s disease. Behavioural Brain Research. 245:128-136.
Kwak, Y., Muller, M. L.T.M., Bohnen, N.I., Dayalu, P., Seidler, R.D. (2012). L-DOPA changes ventral striatum recruitment during motor sequence learning in Parkinson’s disease. Behavioural Brain Research. 230(1):116-24.
Kwak, Y., Peltier, S.J., Bohnen, N.I., Muller, M. L.T.M., Dayalu, P., Seidler, R.D. (2010). Altered cortico-striatal functional connectivity in mild to moderate stage Parkinson’s disease. Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience. 4:143.
Kwak, Y., Muller, M. L.T.M., Bohnen, N.I., Dayalu, P., Seidler, R.D. (2010). Effect of Dopaminergic Medications over the Time Course of Explicit Motor Sequence Learning in Parkinson’s Disease. Journal of Neurophysiology. 103(2):942-9.
 
Contact Info

Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences
135 Hicks Way, Tobin Hall
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003

(413) 545-0144
youngbin@umass.edu

www.psych.umass.edu/people/youngbinkwak/