Dr. Gewnhi Park

Associate Professor of Psychology
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Gewnhi (Gwen) Park teaches Introduction to Psychology and Cognitive Psychology. Her research focuses on understanding neural and psychophysiological mechanisms of cognition-emotion interaction, self-regulation and cognitive models of psychopathology. Her research interests in social psychology include psychophysiological mechanisms of group identity and moral concerns and their impacts on cognitive processes, such as perception and attention.

After completing her graduate work, Dr. Park did postdoctoral research for two years at Ohio State University and at Inje University Paik Hospital in South Korea, investigating neural mechanisms of psychopathology and conducing EEG research on patients with affective disorder and schizophrenia. She then taught for seven years at Asuza Pacific University before joining the Hope College faculty in 2019.


  • Individual differences in self-regulation (assessed by heart rate variability)
  • Neural and psychophysiological mechanisms of cognition-emotion interaction
  • Cognitive models of psychopathology
  • Psychophysiological mechanisms of moral judgment and social identities


  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Inje University Paik Hospital (Seoul, South Korea), 2010­–2011
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Ohio State University Department of Psychology, 2009–2010
  • D., cognitive psychology, Ohio State University, 2009
  • S., psychology, State University of New York-Stony Brook, 1998 


  • “Enhanced Memory for Fair-Related Faces and the Role of Trait Anxiety,” with B. Marsh and E. Johnson, Frontiers in Psychology, 2019
  • “Social Groups Prioritize Selective Attention to Faces: How Social Identity Shapes Distractor Interference,” with J. Van Bavel et al., PLoS One, 2016
  • “At the Heart of Morality Lies Neuro-Visceral Integration: Lower Cardiac Vagal Tone Predicts Utilitarian Moral Judgment,” with A. Kappes et al., Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 2016
  • “From the Heart to the Mind: Cardiac Vagal Tone Modulates Top-Down and Bottom-Up Visual Perception and Attention to Emotional Stimuli,” with J. Thayer, Frontiers in Psychology, 2014
  • “When Tonic Cardiac Vagal Tone Predicts Changes in Phasic Vagal Tone: The Role of Fear and Perceptual Load,” with M. Vasey et al., Psychophysiology, 2014

View all of Dr. Park’s publications.

Outside the College

Dr. Park enjoys reading, watching movies, exercising and studying the Bible. She is an avid fan of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.

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Dr. Gewnhi Park

Phone Number616.395.7731

Schaap Science Center 1161 35 East 12th Street Holland, MI 49423
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