Professor Raymond Dolan FMedSci FRS

Raymond Dolan is a neuroscientist who, using neuroimaging, has defined anatomical areas of the brain that are involved in controlling human emotion and decision making. He is consistently rated amongst the five most cited experts worldwide in the field of neuroscience and behaviour.

By combining results from brain scans with behavioural studies and theoretical models, Ray identifies the brain chemicals and parts of the brain that are involved in thinking, learning and decision making. He has shown that the emotions we experience during an event can affect our memory of it, as well as how well we learn and the choices that we make.

Ray has published over 400 scientific papers and won many awards, including the 2006 Golden Brain Award from the Minerva Foundation and the International Max Planck Research Award. He is a Visiting Einstein Fellow of the Humboldt University of Berlin and a Fellow of both the Academy of Medical Sciences and the Association for Psychological Science.

Subject groups

  • Anatomy, physiology and neurosciences

    Physiology incl biophysics of cells (non-clinical), Behavioural neuroscience

  • Health and human sciences

    Clinical neuroscience


  • Ferrier Medal and Lecture

    For his work charting the brain activity related to fundamental aspects of human conduct and behaviour.