Daeyeol Lee, PhD

Dorys McConnell Duberg Professor of Neuroscience and Professor of Psychology and of Psychiatry

Departments & Organizations

Neuroscience: Kavli Institute for Neuroscience | Swartz Program in Theoretical Neurobiology

Faculty Research

Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program

Neurocognition, Neurocomputation, and Neurogenetics, Division of

Stress & Addiction Clinical Research Program

Yale Combined Program in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS): Neuroscience: Behavioral and Systems; Cognitive/Learning and Memory; Neurophysiology

Office of Cooperative Research


Daeyeol Lee is a professor of neuroscience and of 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 80 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.

Education & Training

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

Professional Service

  • Yale University (2016) Biological Sciences Area Committee and Tenure Appointment Committee

  • Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program (2012) Admission committee

  • Journal of Neuroscience (2012) Reviewing Editor

  • Journal of Neuroscience (2009 - 2012) Associate Editor

  • Yale University (2008) Executive committee, Cognitive Science Program

  • NIH Cognitive Neuroscience Study Section (2007 - 2011) Member


  • 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

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