Michael D. Lee
Professor of Cognitive Sciences
University of California Irvine




My research involves the development, evaluation, and application of models of cognition including representation, memory, learning, and decision making, with a special focus on individual differences and collective cognition. Much of my research uses naturally occurring behavioral data, and tries to pursue a solution-oriented approach to empirical science, in which the research questions are generated from real-world problems. My methods involve probabilistic generative modeling, and Bayesian methods of computational analysis.

Representative publications

  • Lee, M.D., & Wagenmakers, E.-J. (2013). Bayesian cognitive modeling: A practical course. Cambridge University Press.  [Book Website] [Google Books] [Amazon US] [Amazon UK] [Cambridge University Press].
  • Lee, M.D. (2018). Bayesian methods in cognitive modeling. In J. Wixted & E.-J. Wagenmakers (Eds.) The Stevens’ Handbook of Experimental Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience, Volume 5: Methodology (Fourth Edition). John Wiley & Sons. [pdf] [osf]
  • Lee, M.D., & Vanpaemel, W. (2018). Determining informative priors for cognitive models. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 25, 114-127. [pdf]
  • Lee, M.D., Gluck, K.A., & Walsh, M.M. (submitted). Understanding the complexity of simple decisions: Modeling multiple behaviors and switching strategies. [pdf] [osf]
  • Lee, M.D., & Danileiko, I. (2014). Using cognitive models to combine probability estimates. Judgment and Decision Making, 9, 259-273.[pdf] [data1] [data2] [code] [link]
  • Lee, M.D., & Sarnecka, B.W. (2011). Number knower-levels in young children: Insights from a Bayesian model. Cognition, 120, 391-402. [doi] [supplementary note]
  • Lee, M.D. (2015). Evidence for and against a simple interpretation of the less-is-more effect. Judgment and Decision Making, 10, 18-33. [pdf] [data and code] [link]
  • Lee, M.D., Abramyan, M., & Shankle. W.R. (2016). New methods, measures, and models for analyzing memory impairment using triadic comparisons. Behavior Research Methods, 48, 1492-1507. [pdf]

Contact details:

office: SBSG 2568
lab: SBSG 2555

Department of Cognitive Sciences
University of California Irvine
Irvine CA, 92697-5100