09 July 2012, 17.30

Einstein Lecture: Raymond Dolan (London)

“Alan Turing and the Mystery of Decoding the Brain” (at Academy of Sciences)
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Lecture and discussion with Raymond Dolan, Einstein Visiting Fellow and Neuropsychiatrist at University College London

Alan Turing - this name is usually associated with the birth of computing. But did you know that the British mathematician can be regarded as the first computational neuroscientist as well? Indeed, Turing's work on decoding the German Enigma machine in World War II has made an important contribution to our understanding of the brain. Einstein Visiting Fellow Raymond Dolan will argue that the decoders of Enigma were confronted with a similar problem like the brain trying to make sense of its environment. He will illustrate this by exploring how we make decisions on the basis of our perception of other people and things. Join Raymond Dolan on his stunning tour from the very beginning of modern neuroscience up to the current state of research.

Raymond Dolan

Raymond Dolan is Kinross Professor of Neuropsychiatry at University College London, Director of the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging and Fellow of the Royal Society. His research focuses on how emotions influence our decision making. Raymond Dolan has published more than 400 works, 19 among them in the journals Science or Nature. Since November 2010, he has been Einstein Visiting Fellow at the Berlin School of Mind and Brain.


17.30 Admission
18.00 Welcome
18.15 Lecture and discussion
19.30 Reception

Einstein Visiting Fellow

The aim of the funding programme 'Einstein Visiting Fellow' of the Einstein Foundation Berlin is to integrate outstanding foreign scientists into the Berlin research landscape.



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