Dr. Jessica Lee

Dr. Jessica Lee

Dr. Jessica Lee

DECRA Fellow

Contact details

Email: Dr. Jessica Lee

Office: Mathews, Room 912

Research Summary

My research investigates the basic processes underlying human learning and behavior. I am particularly interested in whether learning is better explained by "low-level" associative processes or "higher-order" reasoning processes.

My research interests include generalisation of associative learning, cue competition effects (conditioned inhibition, blocking) in causal learning, and individual differences in rules and inductive reasoning. 


I currently teach the following courses in the Graduate Diploma in Psychology

  • PSYC5001
  • PSYC5002
  • PSYC5003


Please see my website for an up-to-date list and pdfs of my publications:


Awards, Fellowships & Grants

  • 2022 Association for Psychological Science (APS) Rising Star
  • 2021-2023 ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA). From known to unknown: Individual differences in associative generalisation ($380,868). Principal Investigator.
  • 2020 Dean's Award for Excellence in Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
  • 2019 Experimental Psychology Society Study Visit Grant
  • 2018 Ian Potter Conference Grant

Affiliations & Memberships

Psychology Rep on the UNSW Science Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Working Group

UNSW Wellbeing Champion 

UNSW Women in Maths and Science Champion Alumna

Fellow of the Psychonomic Society

Member of the Association for Psychological Science (APS)

Australian Learning Group (ALG)

Member of R-Ladies Sydney

Current Research Students

Current PhD students

David Ng (start 2019): Associative mechanisms underlying the acquisition and retention of superstitious beliefs

Yvonne Chan (start 2018): Associative change to cues conditioned in compound.

Current Honours students

Damon Brooks

Erwen Zhao


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