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Prof Ray Dolan
Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging, UCL
12 Queen Square
London
WC1N 3BG
Tel: 020 34484346
Fax: 0207 8131445
Appointment
  • Kinross Professor of Neuropsychiatry
  • Imaging Neuroscience
  • Institute of Neurology
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences
Biography

Ray Dolan is Mary Kinross Professor of Neuropsychiatry and Director of the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging, at UCL.  His research addresses the neurobiology of emotion and decision making, how emotion impacts on cognition and its aberrant expression in disease.  He has published over  500 peer reviewed papers is among the most cited scientist in the world in the field of Neuroscience and Behaviour. He has received numerous awards including the Alexander Von Humboldt Research Award (2004), the Minerva Foundation Golden Brain Award (2006), the International Max Planck Research Award (2007) and the Z├╝lch Prize (2013).  Between 2010-2014 he has been Visiting Einstein Fellow to the Humboldt University, Berlin.  He was elected Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences (FMedSci) in 2000, Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2010 and an External Member of the Max Planck Society (MPS) in 2012.  He recently established the first Centre for Computational Psychiatry at UCL, a joint venture with the Max Planck Society (MPS).

 

Research Summary

The group studies how emotion and decision making, using classical behavioural tools, computational analysis as well as neuroimaging methodologies, including fMRI and MEG. The group also investigate the contribution of neuromodulators, such as dopamine and serotonin, to behavioural control. There is now a consensus across fields such as behavioural ecology, microeconomics, machine learning and neuroscience that integration of sensory information with prior knowledge, regarding values and probabilities of outcomes, is a major determinant of overt behaviour. The group seeks to harness these types of insights  to address critical determinants of human decision making under uncertainty across a range of contexts, and in particular emotional contexts including psychopathology.

Academic Background
2010 FRS Fellow of the Royal Society – Medical Sciences Royal Society
2002 FRCP Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians – Medicine Royal College of Physicians
2000 FMedSci Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences – Medical Science Academy of Medical Sciences
1995 FRCPSYC Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists  – Psychiatry Royal College of Psychiatrists
1988 MD Doctor of Medicine – Medicine National University of Ireland
1981 MRCPsych Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists – Psychiatry Royal College of Psychiatrists
1977 MB BCh Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery – Medicine/Surgery National University of Ireland
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