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- Kinross Professor of Neuropsychiatry
- Imaging Neuroscience
- Institute of Neurology
- Faculty of Brain Sciences
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 Zülch 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).
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.
|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|