Professor Raymond Joseph Dolan FRS
Fellow of the Royal Society.
Professor Dolan is Mary Kinross Professor of Neuropsychiatry and Director of the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging at University College London.
Professor Dolan has defined the functional anatomy of human emotion and choice behaviour using neuroimaging and sophisticated behavioural analyses. His most significant discoveries combine approaches that encompass empirical observation and theoretical models. For example, he has shown that anterior insula encodes interoceptive awareness and uncertainty in decision making, the amygdala mediates hedonic-based violations of rationality and the striatum encodes aversive as well appetitive prediction errors. Many of his findings rest on computational fMRI, involving the use of models from computational neuroscience to furnish statistical models of neuroimaging data that allow theoretical models to be tested empirically. This work has had significant impact on the field of neuroimaging, psychology and neuroeconomics. Professor Dolan was awarded the Max Planck Research Award in 2007, an honorary doctorate from the University of Ghent in 2010 and in the same year was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society.