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Ray Dolan



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Visiting Professor


Institute of Neurology, UCL, and Max Planck-UCL Centre for Computational Psychiatry and Ageing

Research Interests

My research interests focus on how humans make decisions, and how decision making goes awry in psychiatric illness. I use a range of experimental approaches including fMRI, MEG, psychopharmacology and computational modelling.

Research Groups

Curriculum Vitae



MD in Medicine, National University of Ireland


MB BCh in Medicine, National University of Ireland


2019 - Present

Visiting Professor, DRCMR

2015 - Present

Mary Kinross Professor of Neuropsychiatry, Institute of Neurology, UCL

2015 - Present

Director, Max Planck-UCL Centre for Computational Psychiatry and Ageing

2006 - 2015

Founding Director, Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging at UCL

2002 - 2015

Head of Department, Wellcome Department of Imaging Neuroscience, ION

Full CV



Shahar N, Moran R, Hauser TU, Kievet RA, McNamee D, Moutoussis M, NSPNConsortium, Dolan RJ. Credit assignment to state-independent task representations and its relationship with model-based decision making. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of U.S.A: 2019; Pii: 201821647. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1821647116 (Epub ahead of print).

Lui Y, Dolan RJ, Kurth-Nelson Z, Behrens TEJ. Human replay spontaneously reorganizes experience. Cell: 2019; pii: S0092-8674 (19) 30640-3. DOI: 10.1016/j.cell.2019.06.012. PMID: 31280961.

Tzovara A, Meyer SS, Bonaiuto JJ, Abivardi A, Dolan RJ, Barnes GR, Bach DR. High –precision magnetoencephalography for reconstructing amygdalar and hippocampaloscillations during prediction of safety and threat. Human Brain Mapping: 2019;DOI:10.1002/hbm.24689. PMID: 31257708. (Epub ahead of print).

Kievit RA, Lindenberger U, Goodyer IM, Jones PB, Fonagy P, Bullmore ET, Dolan RJ.Erratum: Mutualistic Coupling between vocabulary and reasoning in young children: Areplication and extension of the study by Kievit et.al (2017). Psychological Science: 2019; 18:956797619860523. DOI: 10.1177/0956797619860523. PMID: 31211647.

Ziegler G, Hauser TU, Moutoussis M, Bullmore ET, Goodyer IM, Fonagy P, Jones PB,NSPN Consortium, Lindenberger U, Dolan RJ. Compulsivity and impulsivity traitslinked to attenuated developmental frontostriatal myelination trajectories. Nature Neuroscience: 2019; 22(6):992-99. DOI: 10.1038/s41593-019-0394-3. PMID: 31086316.

Chamberlain SR, Tiefo J, Fontenelle LF, Hook R, Parkes L, Segrave R, Hauser TU, Dolan RJ, Goodyer IM, Bullmore E, Grant JE, Yucel M. Fractionation of impulsive and compulsive trans-diagnostic phenotypes and their longitudinal associations. The Australian and New Zealand journal of psychiatry: 2019; 4867419844325. DOI: 10.1177/0004867419844325. PMID: 31001986.

Hammerer D, Schwartenbeck P, Gallagher M, Fitzgerald THB, Duzel E, Dolan RJ.Older adults fail to form stable task representations during model-based reversal inference. Neurobiology of Aging: 2019; 74:90-100. DOI: 10.1016j.neurobiolaging.2018.10.00. PMID: 30439597.

Eldar E, Jin Bae G, Kurth-Nelson Z, Dayan P, Dolan RJ. MEG decoding reveals structural differences within interactive decision processes. Nature Human Behaviour: 2018;(2) 670-681. DOI: 10.1038/s41562-018-0423-3.

Shahar N, Hauser TU, Moutoussis M, Moran R, Keramati, Dolan RJ. Improving the reliability of model-based decision-making estimates in the two-stage decision task withPage 2reaction times and drift-diffusion modelling. PLoS Computational Biology: 2019; 15(2):e1006803. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1006803. PMID: 30759077.

Moran R, Keramati M, Dayan P, Dolan RJ. Retrospective Model-Based inference Guides Model-Free Credit Assignment. Nature Communications: 2019; 10(1):750. DOI 10.1038/s41467-019-08662-8. PMID: 30765718.

De Berker AO, Kurth-Nelson Z, Rutledge RB, Bestmanm S, Dolan RJ. Computing value from quality and quantity in human decision making. Journal of Neuroscience: 2019; 39 (1): 163-176. DOI: 10.1523/j.neurosci.0706-18.2018. PMID: 30455186.2018

Rollwage M, Dolan RJ, Flemming SM. Metacognitive Failure as a feature of those holding radical beliefs. Current Biology: 2018; 28(24), 4014-4021.e8. DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2018.10.053. PMID: 30562522.

Moutoussis M, Bullmore ET, Goodyer IM, Fonagy P, Jones PB, Dolan RJ, Dayan P. Change, stability, and instability in the Pavlovian guidance of behaviour from adolescence to young adulthood. Neuroscience in Psychiatry Network Research Consortium. PLos Computational Biology: 2018; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1006679. PMID: 30596638.

Rigoli F, Michely J, Friston KJ, Dolan RJ. The role of the hippocampus in weighting expectations during inference under uncertainty. Cortex: 2018; 115:1 -14. DOI. 10.1016/j.cortex.2019.01.005. PMID: 30738997.

Moutoussis M, Hopkins A, Dolan RJ. Hypotheses about the relationship of cognition with psychopathology should be tested by embedding them into empirical priors. Front Psychol: 2018; DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.02504. PMID: 30618935

De Boer L, Axelsso J, Chowdhury R, Riklund K, Dolan RJ, Nyberg L, Backman L, Guiart-Masip M. Doral striatal dopamine D1 receptor availability predicts an instrumental bias in action learning. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of U S A: 2018; 13;74:90-100. DOI: 10.1016/j.neurobilaging.2018.10.009. PMID: 30563856.

Hammerer D, Schwartenbeck P, Gallagher M, Fitzgerald THB, Duzel E, Dolan RJ. Olderadults fail to form stable task representations during model-based reversal inference.Neurobiology Aging: 2018; 13;74:90-100. DOI: 10.1016/j.neurobilaging.2018.10.009. PMID: 30439597

Nour MM, Dahoun T, Schwartenbeck P, Adams RA, FitzGerald THB, Coelle C, Wall MB, Dolan RJ, HOwes OD. Dopaminergic basis for signalling belief updates, but not surprise, and the link to paranoia. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of U S A: 2018: pii: 201809298. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1809298115. PMID: 30297411.

Moutoussis M, Rutledge RB, Prabhu G, Hrynkiewicz L, Lam J Ousdal OT, Guitart-Masip M, Fonagy P, Dolan RJ. Neural activity and fundamental learning, motivated by monetary loss and reward, are intact in mild to moderate major depressive disorder. PLoS Computational Biology: 2018; 2;13 (8):e0201451. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0201451. PMID: 30071076.

Moutoussis M, Shahar N, Hauser TU, Dolan RJ. Computation in Psychotherapy or How Computational Psychiatry can aid learning based Psychological therapies.Page 3Computational Psychiatry: 2018; 1;2:50-73. DOI: 10.1162/CPSY_a_00014. PMID: 30090862.

Hauser T, Moutoussis M, Purg N, Dayan P, Dolan RJ. Beta-blocker propranolol modulates decision urgency during sequential information gathering. Journal of Neuroscience. 2018; 13(7); 0192-18. DOI: 10.1523/jneurosci.0192-18.2018. PMID: 30006361.

Chen X, Rutledge RB, Brown HR, Dolan RJ, Bestmann S, Galea JM. Age-dependent Pavlovian biases influence motor decision-making. PLoS Computational Biology. 2018; 14(7): e1006304. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pcbi.1006304. PMID: 29979685.

Eldar E, Roth C, Dayan P, Dolan RJ. Decodability of reward learning signals predicts mood fluctuations. Current Biology 2018; 28, 1433-1439. DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2018.03.038. PMID: 29706512.

Ereira S, Dolan RJ, Kurth-Nelson Z. Agent-specific learning signals for self-other distinctions during mentalising. PLoS Biology. 2018; 16(4):e2004752 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pbio.2004752. PMID: 29689053.

Rigoli F, Preller KH, Dolan RJ. Risk preference and choice stochasticity during decisions for other people. Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience. 2018; DOI: 10.3758/s13415-018-0572-x. PMID: 29549530.

Fiore VG, Nolte T, Rigoli F, Smittenaar P, Gu X, Dolan RJ. Value encoding in theglobus pallidus: fMRI reveals an interaction effect between reward and dopamine drive.Neuroimage. 2018; pii: S1053-8119- (18) 30155-1. DOI:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2018.02.048. PMID: 29481966.

Toelch U, Pooresmaeili A, Dolan RJ. Neural substrates of norm compliance in perceptual decisions. Scientific Reports. 2018; 8(1):3315. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-018- 21583-8. PMID: 29463806.

Vlaev I, Wallace B, Wright N, Nicolle A, Dolan P, Dolan R. Other people's money: the role of reciprocity and social uncertainty in decisions for others. Journal of Neuroscience, Psychology and Economics. 2017; 10(2-3):59-80. DOI: 10.1037/npe0000063. PMID: 29456782.

Polek E, Jones PB, Fearon P, Brodbeck J, Moutoussis M, Nspn Consortium, Dolan R, Fonagy P, Bullmore ET, Goodyer IM. Personality dimensions emerging during adolescence and young adulthood are underpinned by a single latent trait indexing impairment in social functioning. BMC Psychiatry: 2018; 18(1):23. DOI: 10.1186/s12888- 018-1595-0. PMID: 29373967.

Hämmerer D, Callaghan MF, Hopkins A, Kosciessa J, Betts M, Cardenas-Blanco A, Kanowski M, Weiskopf N, Dayan P, Dolan RJ, Düzel E. Locus coeruleus integrity in old age is selectively related to memories linked with salient negative events. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of U S A: 2018; pii: 201712268. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1712268115. PMID: 29440429

Kiddle B, Inkster B, Prabhu G, Moutoussis M, Whitaker KJ, Bullmore ET, Dolan RJ, Fonagy P, Goodyer IM, Jones PB. Cohort profile: The NSPN 2400 Cohort: a developmental sample supporting the Wellcome Trust NeuroScience in Psychiatry Network. International journal of Epidemiology: 2017; DOI: 10.1093/ije/dyx117. PMID: 29177462.Page 4

Martinelli C, Rigoli F, Dolan RJ, Shergill SS. Decreased value-sensitivity in schizophrenia. Psychiatry Research: 2018; 259: 295-301. DOI: 10.1016/j.psychres.2017.10.031. PMID: 29096335.

Váša F, Seidlitz J, Romero-Garcia R, Whitaker KJ, Rosenthal G, Vértes PE, Shinn M, Alexander-Bloch A, Fonagy P, Dolan RJ, Jones PB, Goodyer IM; NSPN consortium, Sporns O, Bullmore ET. Adolescent tuning of Association Cortex in Human Structural Brain Networks. Cerebral Cortex: 2018; 281-294. DOI: 10.1093/cercor/bhx249. PMID: 29088339.

Seidlitz J, Váša F, Shinn M, Romero-Garcia R. Whitaker KJ. Vértes PE, Wagstyl K, Kirkpatrick Reardon P, Clasen L, Liu S, Messinger A, Leopold DA, Fonagy P, Dolan RJ, Jones PB, Goodyer IM, the NSPN Consortium, Raznahan A, Bullmore ET. Morphometric Similarity Networks Detect Microscale Cortical Organization and Predict Inter-Individual Cognitive Variation. Neuron: 2018; 97: 231-247. e7. DOI:10.1016/j.neron.2017.11.039. PMID: 29276055.

Ousdal OT, Huys QJ, Milde AM, Craven AR, Ersland L, Endestad T, Melinder A, Hugdahl K, Dolan RJ. The impact of traumatic stress on Pavlovian biases. Psychological Medicine: 2018; DOI: 10.1017/S003329171700174X. PMID: 28641601.

Rigoli F, Chew B, Dayan P, Dolan RJ. Learning Contextual Reward Expectations for Value Adaptation. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience: 2018; 50-69, DOI: 10.1162/jocn_a_01191. PMID: 28949824.

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