About Dr Minkang Kim

In my research and teaching, I have endeavoured to bridge gulf between a contemporary understanding of human development, including brain development, and what is known and taught in Education.

The current study of my laboratory, the Human and Moral Development in Education (HAMDIE) Lab, is focused on understanding the origins of moral values and how social and neurobiological factors dynamically interweave when children engage with values in their daily lives and throughout long-term development. We are particularly interested in how empathy and moral sensitivity emerge within the brain. In order to answer these questions, my lab uses multi-level data collection including Electroencephalogram (EEG), eye-tracking, micro-genetic observation and State Space Grids (SSGs) methods and other methods in social sciences. We also investigate how the educational contexts including daily interactions with early childhood educators, playing tablet games and values-based classroom designs modulate young people's learning and brain development.


Keywords: learning sciences, psychology of education


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Selected publications

  • Wu, L., Kim, M. (2019). Facilitating empathy development in pre-school children: A longitudinal study combining tablet game based microgenetic method and EEG (poster presentation). International Convention of Psychological Science (ICPS) 2019, Paris, France.
  • Kim, M., Wu, L. (2019). Neural and social modulation of young children's responses to adults' transgressions (poster presentation). International Convention of Psychological Science (ICPS) 2019, Paris, France.
  • Wu, L., Kim, M. (2019). See, touch, and feel: Enhancing young children's empathy learning through a tablet game. Mind, Brain, and Education, Online first. [More Information]
  • Kim, M., Sankey, D., Lee, W. (2019), The Emotional Sensibility Observation Scale (ESOS).