Daeyeol Lee PhD

Professor of Neurobiology and of Psychology

Biographical Info

Daeyeol Lee is a professor of neurobiology and psychology at Yale University and the director of Yale laboratory of cognition and decision making. Dr. Lee received his bachelor’s degree in Economics from Seoul National University in Korea and his PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He then received a postdoctoral training in neurophysiology at the University of Minnesota. His current research focuses on the brain mechanisms of decision making, in particular the role of the prefrontal cortex and basal ganglia in reinforcement learning and economic choices. His research is highly interdisciplinary, combining diverse methods developed in economics, psychology, and neuroscience. He is also an expert in statistical modeling of behavioral and neurophysiological data. He has published over 70 original research articles, including several papers in Science, Nature Neuroscience, and Neuron. He was the recipient of the Fellowship for Prominent Collegians from Korea Foundation for Advanced Studies, University Fellowship from the University of Illinois, and the James S. McDonnell Foundation Cognitive Neuroscience Grant. His research has been funded by the National Institute of Health continuously since 1999.

International Activity

  • Cognitive Neuroscience
    Jerusalem, Israel(2010 - 2010)
    Batsheva Seminar on Reward and Decision Making in the Brain
  • cognitive neuroscience
    Japan(2009 - 2009)
    Co-organzer for Symposium on "Perspective of Decision Neuroscience: Beyond the Biological Approach of Brain Science", 36th International Congress of Physiological Science
  • Decision making
    United Kingdom(2008 - 2008)
  • decision making
    Portugal(2007 - 2007)
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
    Okinawa, Japan(2007 - 2007)
  • Neural Basis of Decision Making
    South Korea(2006)
    Collaborative research
  • Decision making
    South Korea
    Organzer for Symposium on Decision Making and the Brain, 6th International Conference of Cognitive Sciences

Education & Training

Seoul National University (1989)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1995)
Postdoctoral Associate
Department of Physiology University of Minnesota, USA

Professional Service

  • Member, NIH Cognitive Neuroscience Study Section (07/01/2007 - 06/30/2011)
  • Reviewing Editor, Journal of Neuroscience (02/01/2012)
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Neuroscience (01/01/2009 - 1/31/2012)

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