Department ofNeurology & Neurosurgery
Montreal Neurological Institute
Website : https://www.mcgill.ca/decisionlab/
Critical prefrontal contributions to goal-directed behaviour in humans
Lesley Fellows is an expert on the neurobiology of human decision-making. Her inter-disciplinary work has shown how the frontal lobes guide everyday choices, from basic decisions about what foods to eat, to complex social choices such as voting. She is best known for work on the regional prefrontal contributions to reward learning, value-based decision-making, and executive functions, studied in people with chronic focal brain injury. A neurologist-scientist, she has also studied the effects of Parkinson’s Disease on decision-making and emotion, and how cognitive and mental health can be optimized for people living with chronic health conditions, such as HIV or long COVID. She is Professor of Neurology & Neurosurgery at McGill University, and a neurologist at the Montreal Neurological Institute. She also serves as Vice Dean, Academic Affairs, in McGill’s Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. She is Past President of the Society for Neuroeconomics.