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Daeyeol Lee, PhD

Professor Adjunct in Neuroscience

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Daeyeol Lee, PhD



Daeyeol Lee is the Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Neuroscience and Psychological and Brain Sciences in the Solomon H. Snyder Department of Neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University.

Daeyeol Lee is Professor Adjunct of Neuroscience at Yale University.

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 laboratory also investigates how timing and numerical information is represented and transformed in the brain. His research employs 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 90 original research articles. 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

  • Postdoctoral Associate
    Department of Physiology University of Minnesota, USA (1997)
  • PhD
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1995)
  • BA
    Seoul National University, Economics (1989)


  • Cognitive Neuroscience
    Jerusalem, Jerusalem District, Israel 2010
    Batsheva Seminar on Reward and Decision Making in the Brain
  • cognitive neuroscience
    Japan 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
  • decision making
    Portugal 2007
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
    Okinawa, Okinawa, Japan 2007
  • Neural Basis of Decision Making
    South Korea 2006
    Collaborative research

Professional Service

Yale UniversityBiological Sciences Area Committee and Tenure Appointment Committee2016 - Present
Interdepartmental Neuroscience ProgramAdmission committee2012 - Present
Journal of NeuroscienceReviewer2012 - Present
Journal of NeuroscienceAssociate Editor2009 - 2012
Yale UniversityExecutive committee, Cognitive Science Program2008 - Present
NIH Cognitive Neuroscience Study SectionMember2007 - 2011

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