UCL Institute of Mental Health

Prof Ray Dolan

Prof Ray Dolan

Kinross Professor of Neuropsychiatry

Imaging Neuroscience

UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology

Joined UCL
1st Aug 1997

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.


Royal Society
, | 2010
Royal College of Physicians
, | 2002
Academy of Medical Sciences
, | 2000
Royal College of Psychiatrists
, | 1995
National University of Ireland
, | 1988
Royal College of Psychiatrists
, | 1981
National University of Ireland
, | 1977


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).