Daeyeol Lee, PhD

Professor Adjunct in Neuroscience

Research Interests

Appetitive Behavior; Basal Ganglia; Behavior, Animal; Impulsive Behavior; Neurophysiology; Neurosciences; Parietal Lobe; Risk-Taking; Prefrontal Cortex

Research Organizations

Neurocognition, Neurocomputation, and Neurogenetics, Division of

Stress & Addiction Clinical Research Program

Office of Cooperative Research

Research Summary

Decision making is ubiquitous, and the ability to acquire the knowledge of the environment through experience and use this knowledge to maximize the overall reward is essential for survival. Lee's laboratory focuses on the role of the prefrontal cortex and the basal ganglia in evaluating the outcomes of the animal's previous choices and incorporating this information to improve the animal's decision-making strategies.

Research in Lee lab is highly inter-disciplinary and capitalizes on the insights from formal theories of economics and reinforcement learning as well as computational neuroscience of neural coding and behavioral studies of decision making. His laboratory also develops novel behavioral paradigms that can probe the core processes of decision making. Combined with the use of multi-electrode recording systems, this research seeks to unravel the biological basis of willful actions.

Extensive Research Description

The long-term goal of research in our laboratory is to understand how the processes of choosing appropriate behaviors and evaluating the outcomes of chosen actions are implemented by the neural networks in the cerebral cortex and basal ganglia of the primate brain.

Neuroeconomics and decision making. During decision making, many different types of information about reward and penalty, such as their quality, magnitude, probability and delay, must be estimated and combined appropriately. We investigate how these different types of information are integrated in the brain and ultimately influences the animal's choice.

Neural mechanism of timing. Timing is critical for all kinds of cognition and motor behaviors, but how the brain encodes time and how this influences the nature of information processing in various parts of the brain remains unknown. We investigate how multiple temporal intervals are monitored by the neurons in the prefrontal cortex and basal ganglia.

Cognitive functions of the basal ganglia. Clinical observations suggest that the basal ganglia plays an essential role in a variety of cognitive and motor functions. We investigate how signals related to the animal's choice and outcome are transformed through the connection between the cortex and basal ganglia.

Selected Publications

Full List of PubMed Publications

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