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Sébastien Hélie

Professor, Department of Psychological Sciences

Director of the Center for Brain, Behavior, and NeuroRehabilitation (CEREBBRAL)

Courtesy Appointments

Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences

Areas of Expertise

  • neuroeconomics
  • skill learning
  • problem solving
  • creativity

Department of Psychological Sciences Research Area(s)

  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Mathematical and Computational Psychology
  • Neuroscience and Behavior


Recruiting graduate students for Fall 2024 admission


Dr. Sébastien Hélie is an Associate Professor of Psychological Sciences at Purdue University who serves as Director of the Center for Research on Brain, Behavior, and NeuroRehabilitation (CEREBBRAL) and as Acting Director of the Purdue Life Science MRI Facility. Dr. Hélie uses computational cognitive neuroscience and neuroeconomics approaches to study automaticity, problem solving, and decision-making.

Dr. Hélie received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in psychology from the Université de Montréal in 2001 and 2003 (respectively) and his Ph.D. in computer science from the Université du Québec À Montréal in 2007 for work on categorization, causality, skill acquisition, and computational modeling. After obtaining his degrees, Dr. Hélie was a Postdoctoral Scholar in cognitive science at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an Assistant Researcher in Psychological & Brain Sciences at the University of California Santa Barbara. He is a senior member of the International Neural Networks Society (INNS) and was awarded the 2012 INNS Young Investigator Award. Dr. Hélie is also a Fellow of the Psychonomic Society. His research is currently funded by the National Science Foundation.


  • PhD, 2007, Université du Québec À Montréal


Current Courses

  • PSY 200 - Introduction to cognitive psychology
  • PSY 513 - Introduction to computational cognitive neuroscience
  • PSY 629 - fMRI design and analysis

Selected Honors/Awards

  • The Purdue University ’Trailblazer Award’ - 2019
  • Society for Mathematical Psychology ’R. Duncan Luce Outstanding Paper Award’ - 2016
  • European Group for Organizational Studies (EGOS) ’Max Boisot Award’ - 2015
  • International Neural Network Society (INNS) ’Young Investigator Award’ - 2012

Professional Affiliations

  • International Neural Networks Society
  • Psychonomic Society
  • Society for Mathematical Society
  • Cognitive Science Society