Professor Ray Dolan, University College London, U.K.

Emotion, value and the tyranny of choice
Ray Dolan

Ray Dolan is Mary Kinross Professor of Neuropsychiatry at UCL and Director of the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging at UCL. His research is concerned with a neurobiological characterisation of human emotion and how it interacts with other components of cognition, particularly attention memory and decision making. An emphasis in his recent work has been to link activation patterns seen during functional neuroimaging experiments to theoretical models, particularly models from reinforcement learning theory. He is among the top 5 most cited scientists in the world in the field of Neuroscience and Behaviour, and the author of 350 original papers. He is the recipient of numerous awards and prizes including an Alexander Von Humboldt Research International Research Award for Outstanding Scholars (2004), the Kenneth Craik Research Award (2006), the Minerva Foundation Golden Brain Award (2006) and the prestigious International Max Planck Research Award (2007).