Hyeong-Dong Park

Hyeong-Dong Park

Research Scientist

Office phone number6638-2736 #1235

Interests

  • Brain-body interactions
  • Visual consciousness
  • Bodily self-consciousness
  • Voluntary action

I received my Ph.D from The Doctoral School of Brain-Cognition-Behaviour at Pierre and Marie Curie University (UPMC), France in 2014, under supervision of Dr. Catherine Tallon-Baudry. Then I moved to Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland and worked as a Post-doc, with Prof. Olaf Blanke, until 2020.

        Do interactions between the brain and body (e.g., heart and lung) play a functional role in human cognition, in particular conscious experiences? This is the central question of my research careers and I have shown that 1) neural responses to heartbeats (i.e., heartbeat-evoked brain potentials) could predict the participants’ ability to detect visual targets, using MEG (Park et al. Nature Neuroscience. 2014); 2) experimentally induced changes in self-consciousness are associated with heartbeat-evoked brain potentials, using virtual reality technology combined with scalp EEG (Park et al. Journal of Neuroscience. 2016); 3) primary neural sources of heartbeat-evoked potential is the insular cortex, using intracranial EEG (Park et al. Cerebral Cortex. 2018); 4) voluntary action and cortical readiness potentials are coupled with breathing system (Park et al. Nature Communications. 2019).

        In addition, I also enjoy writing opinion pieces on conceptual / philosophical implications of my empirical works (Park et al. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B. 2014; Park et al. Trends in Cognitive Sciences. 2019). For full publication list, please check my google scholar page.