Meeting Einstein

Alan Turing and the Mystery of Decoding the Brain

Lecture and Discussion with Raymond Dolan, Einstein Visiting Fellow and Professor of Neuropsychiatry 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.