Dr KyungMin An PhD

Dr KyungMin An

School of Psychology
Assistant Professor in Psychology

Dr KyungMin An’s main interests are in neuroimaging studies on child development and children with developmental disorders. She is focusing on developmental trajectories of brain activity/rhythms across child development and neural characteristics in children with developmental disorders. To measure brain responses from children, she is applying non-invasive and child-friendly neuroimaging tools such as EEG/MEG and Optically pumped magnetometers (OPMs).

Qualifications

BA. Psychology

MSc. Medical Physics

PhD. Child development

Biography

Dr Kyung-min An took her BA in Psychology at Chungnam National University, Republic of Korea. She took her MSc in Medical Physics at the University of Science and Technology, Republic of Korea. During her MSc, she studied on brain responses to the somatosensory processing measured by Magnetoencephalography (MEG). She took her PhD in Child Development at Osaka University, Japan. She studied on brain activities during motor control in children with autism spectrum disorders using child-customized MEG. As a postdoctoral fellow, she focused on the neural and cognitive development in young children at the Research Center for Child Mental Development, Kanazawa University, Japan.

In 2020, she was employed as an assistant professor at the Kanazawa University, Japan. She focused on the topic of neuroimaging of child development, autism spectrum disorders, and preterm-birth children using MEG. She developed MEG system with multi-channel optically pumped magnetometers (OPMs) to measure the auditory gamma activity. Her research was funded by the Japan Science and Technology Agency, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, and the Collaborative Research Network for Asian Children with Developmental Disorders.

She joined the School of Psychology and Centre for Human Brain Health at the University of Birmingham in June 2022. Her research interests are mainly focused on 1) developing an OPM-MEG system for infants, children, and adolescents, 2) applying it to study on child development and developmental disorders.

Postgraduate supervision

Dr KyungMin An is looking for highly motivated and enthusiastic students who are interested in neuroimaging study about child development and developmental disorders.

Please feel free to contact her to discuss projects and potential funding opportunities. (k.m.an@bham.ac.uk)

Research

Dr KyungMin An’s research interests are focused on child development and developmental disorders using child-friendly neuroimaging techniques. Her main research tools are EEG/MEG and optically pumped magnetometer (OPM) to measure brain activity and rhythms. She is seeking neural correlates of behaviour and brain responses related to the child development and developmental disorders. 

Child OPM-MEG

-        Developing and optimizing an OPM-MEG system for infants, children, and adolescents.

-        Applying the child OPM-MEG system to study on child development and developmental disorders.

Developmental trajectory across child development

-        Developing multi-sensory/motor task for children.

-        Investigating the developmental trajectory over a wide age range.

-        Finding trends of developmental trajectory in children with ASD and preterm-birth children.

Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

-        Finding a characteristics of brain response and developmental trajectory in children with ASD.

-        Investigating brain mechanism of sensory/motor processing in children with ASD.

-        Finding Neural correlates of behavioural characteristics of ASD.

Publications

An, K.*, Shim, J. H., Kwon, H. C., Lee, Y. H., Yu, K., Kwon, M., Chun, W. Y., Hirosawa, T., Hasegawa, C., Iwasaki, S., Kikuchi, M., Kim, K. (2022). Detection of the 40-Hz Auditory Steady-state Response with Optically Pumped Magnetometers. Pre-printed at bioRxiv (Now under review). 

An, K.*, Ikeda, T., Hasegawa, C., Yoshimura, Y., Tanaka, S., Saito, D. N., ... & Kikuchi, M. (2021). Aberrant brain oscillatory coupling from the primary motor cortex in children with autism spectrum disorders. NeuroImage: Clinical, 102560.

An, K.*, Ikeda, T., Hirosawa, T., Yaoi, K., Yoshimura, Y., Hasegawa, T., Tanaka, S., Saito, N. D., Kikuchi M. (2021). Decreased grey matter volumes in unaffected mothers of individuals with autism spectrum disorder reflect the broader autism endophenotype. Scientific Reports, 11(1), 1-11. 

An, K., Hasegawa, C., Hirosawa, T., Sanae, T., Saito, N.D., Kumazaki, H., Yaoi, K., Kikuchi, M., Yoshimura, Y. (2020) Brain responses to human-voice processing predict child development and intelligence. Hum Brain Mapp 41:2292-2301.

An, K., Ikeda, T., Yoshimura, Y., Hasegawa, D., Saito, D. N., Kumazaki, H., Hirosawa, T., Minabe, Y., and Kikuchi, M. (2018) Altered Gamma Oscillations during Motor Control in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. J Neurosci 38(36):7878-7886. 

An, K., Lim, S., Lee, H. J., Kwon, H., Kim, M. Y., Gohel, B., Kim, J. E., and Kim, K. (2018) Magnetoencephalographic study of event-related fields and cortical oscillatory changes during cutaneous warmth processing. Hum Brain Mapp 39(5):1972-1981. 

Shiota, Y., Hirosawa, T., Yoshimura, Y., Tanaka, S., Hasegawa, C., Iwasaki, S., Sano, M., An, K., Yokoyama, S. and Kikuchi, M. (2022) Effect of CNTNAP2 polymorphism on receptive language in children with autism Spectrum disorder without language developmental delay. Neuropsychopharmacology Reports

Shiota, Y., Hirosawa, T.*, Yoshimura, Y., Tanaka, S., Hasegawa, C., Iwasaki, S., An, K., Soma, D., Sano M., Yokoyama, S., Kikuchi, M. (2021) A common variant of CNTNAP2 is associated with sub-threshold autistic traits and intellectual disability. PloS one, 16(12), e0260548.

Soma, D., Hirosawa, T., Hasegawa, C., An, K., Kameya, M., Hino, S., Yoshimura Y., Nobukawa, S., Iwasaki, S., Tanaka, S., Yaoi, K., Sano, M., Shiota, Y., Naito, N., Kikuchi, M. (2021) Atypical resting state functional neural network in children with autism spectrum disorder: Graph Theory approach. Frontier in Psychiatry 2021; 12: 790234.

Hirosawa, T., An, K., Soma, D., Shiota, Y., Sano, M., Kameya, M., Hino, S., Naito, N., Tanaka, S., Yaoi, K., Iwasaki, S., Yoshimura, Y., Kikuchi, M. (2021) Epileptiform discharges relate to altered functional brain networks in autism spectrum disorders. Brain Communications 2021:1-13.

Sano M., Yoshimura, Y., Hirosawa, T., Hasegawa, C., An, K., Tanaka, S., Naitou, N., Kikuchi M. (2021) Joint attention and intelligence in children with autism spectrum disorder without severe intellectual disability. Autism Research 2021;1-10.

Yoshimura, Y., Ikeda, T., Hasegawa, C., An, K., Tanaka, S., Yaoi, K., Iwasaki, S., Saito, N. D., Kumazaki, H., Hiraishi H., Kikuchi, M. (2021). Shorter P1m Response in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder without Intellectual Disabilities. International Journal of Molecular Sciences22(5), 2611. 

Hirosawa, T., Sowman, P., Fukai, M., Kameya, M., Soma, D., Hino, S., Kitamura, T., An, K., Yoshimura, Y., Hasegawa, C., Saito, D., Ikeda, T., Kikuchi, M. (2020) Relationship between epileptiform discharges and social reciprocity or cognitive function in children with and without autism spectrum disorders: an MEG study. Psychiat Clin Neuros 74: 496-512.

Hirosawa, T., Kontani, K., Fukai, M., Kameya, M., Soma, D., Hino, S., Kitamura, T., Hasegawa, C., An, K., Takahashi, T., Yoshimura, Y., Kikuchi, M. (2020) Different associations between intelligence and social cognition in children with and without autism spectrum disorders. PloS one 15(8): e0235380.

Hirosawa, T., Kikuchi, M., Fukai, M., Hino, S., Kitamura, T., An, K., Sowman, P., Takahashi, T., Yoshimura, Y., Miyagishi, Y., and Minabe, Y. (2018) Association Between Magnetoencephalographic Interictal Epileptiform Discharge and Cognitive Function in Young Children With Typical Development and With Autism Spectrum Disorders. Front Psychiatry 9:568.

Kumazaki, H., Okamoto, M., Yoshimura, Y., Ikeda, T., Hasegawa, C., Saito, D. N., Iwanaga, R., Tomiyama, S., An, K., Minabe, Y., and Kikuchi, M. (2018) Brief Report: Odour Awareness in Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. J Autism Dev Disord 1-7.

Kumazaki, H., Yoshikawa, Y., Yoshimura, Y., Ikeda, T., Hasegawa, C., Saito, D. N., Tomiyama, S., An, K., Shimaya, J., Ishiguro, H., Matsumoto, Y., Minabe, Y., and Kikuchi, M. (2018) The impact of robotic intervention on joint attention in children with autism spectrum disorders. Mol Autism 9(1):46.

Gohel, B., Lim, S., Kim, M. Y., An, K., Kim, J. E., Kwon, H. and Kim, K. (2016) Evaluation of Phase-Amplitude Coupling in Resting State Magnetoencephalographic Signals: Effect of Surrogates and Evaluation Approach. Front Comput Neurosci 10:120.

Park, C. J., Seo, J. H., Kim, D., Abibullaev, B., Kwon, H., Lee, Y. H., Kim, M. Y., An, K., Kim, K., Kim, J. S., Joo, E. Y., and Hong, S. B. (2015) EEG Source Imaging in Partial Epilepsy in Comparison with Presurgical Evaluation and Magnetoencephalography. J Clin Neurol 11(4):319-30.

View all publications in research portal