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Michael D Lee

Professor, Cognitive Sciences
School of Social Sciences

Ph.D., University of Adelaide, 1997, Psychology

Phone: (949) 824-5074
Fax: (949) 824-2307
Email: mdlee@uci.edu

University of California, Irvine
SBSG 2318
Mail Code: 5100
Irvine, CA 92697

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Mathematical and computational models of stimulus representation, categorization, memory, decision-making and problem-solving.
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William K. Estes Early Career Award, Society for Mathematical Psychology, 2003.
Honorable mention, David Marr Prize, Cognitive Science Society, 2004.
Best Applied Cognitive Modeling Paper Prize, Cognitive Science Society, 2011.

President, Society for Mathematical Psychology, 2010.
Appointments Action Editor, Journal of Mathematical Psychology
Editorial Board, Psychological Review
Editorial Board, Journal of Problem Solving
Editorial Board, Behavior Research Methods
My research interests are in developing and evaluating mathematical and algorithmic psychological models. I have worked in areas ranging from stimulus representation, to categorization and memory, to decision-making and problem-solving. One recurrent theme in this modeling is the benefit of thinking about both the basic and applied aspects of psychological phenomena simultaneously, with the conviction that knowing about one facilitates progress on the other. This means I try and do research that might be useful outside of the laboratory. A second recurrent theme is the need to make inferences about theories and models under uncertainty in rigorous and systematic ways. This means that I am a Bayesian.
Publications Lee, M.D. (2001). On the complexity of additive clustering models. Journal of Mathematical Psychology, 45(1), 131-148.
  Lee, M.D., & Navarro, D.J. (2002). Extending the ALCOVE model of category learning to featural stimulus domains. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 9(1), 43-58.
  Lee, M.D., & Corlett, E.Y. (2003). Sequential sampling models of human text classification. Cognitive Science, 27(2), 159-193.
  Lee, M.D., & Cummins, T.D.R. (2004). Evidence accumulation in decision making: Unifying the ‘take the best’ and ‘rational’ models. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 11(2), 343-352.
  Lee, M.D., & Wagenmakers, E.-J. (2005). Bayesian statistical inference in psychology: Comment on Trafimow (2003). Psychological Review, 112(3), 662-668.
  Lee, M.D., & Webb, M.R. (2005). Modeling individual differences in cognition. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 12(4), 605-621.
  Lee, M.D. (2006). A hierarchical Bayesian model of human decision-making on an optimal stopping problem. Cognitive Science, 30(3), 555-580.
  Lee, M.D. (2008). Three case studies in the Bayesian analysis of cognitive models. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 15(1), 1-15.
  Dennis, S.J., Lee, M.D., & Kinnell, A. (2008). Bayesian analysis of recognition memory: The case of the list-length effect. Journal of Memory and Language, 59, 361-376.
  Lee, M.D., & Vanpaemel, W. (2008). Exemplars, prototypes, similarities and rules in category representation: An example of hierarchical Bayesian analysis. Cognitive Science, 32(8), 1403-1424.
  Lee, M.D., & Sarnecka, B.W. (2011). Number knower-levels in young children: Insights from a Bayesian model. Cognition, 120, 391-402.
  Lee, M.D. (2011). How cognitive modeling can benefit from hierarchical Bayesian models. Journal of Mathematical Psychology, 55, 1-7.
Grants 2006-2009: Modeling Exploration and Exploitation in Structured Environments, Air Force Office of Scientific Research (with M. Steyvers)
2009-2010: Bayesian methods for the detection, diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer's Disease, Alzheimer's Association (with R. Shankle)
2011-2012, Aggregate Contingent Estimation, Applied Research Associates (with M. Steyvers and W. Batchelder)
2011-2013, Sequential Sampling Models of Adaptive Human Decision-Making, Air Force Office of Scientific Research
2011-2013, Toward a unified account of adaptive decision making: learning to search, stop and decide, Australian Research Council (with B. Newell)
Executive Board, Society for Mathematical Psychology
Member, Cognitive Science Society
Other Experience Senior Research Scientist
Australian Defence Science and Technology Organisation 1997—2001

Associate Professor
Department of Psychology, University of Adelaide 2001—2006

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Last updated 01/18/2013