Oxford Centre for Computational Neuroscience

Professor Edmund T. Rolls

Discoveries

Cerebral Cortex


Emotion and Decision-Making Explained Cover

This summary is dedicated to all those who have contributed, as indicated by the authors of each paper.

 

Unless otherwise stated, these discoveries apply to humans and other primates. All the investigations are being performed in order to understand better the human brain in health and in disease, and with potential applications to medicine always in mind.

 

The discoveries are being made as part of a program of research to follow sensory processing (including taste, olfactory and visual) through their cortical analysis stages, and then on to brain systems involved in emotion and in memory. By this systematic analysis and comparison between stages and systems it is becoming possible to understand what is being computed at each major stage of cortical processing.

 

This then provides a firm foundation for further investigations into how the processing is performed computationally, to lead to a deep and multidisciplinary understanding of brain function: what is computed, and how it is computed.

     Discoveries in:

The Noisy Brain

Emotion, reward, pleasure, motivation, decision-making, taste, olfaction, and appetite including implications for the control of food intake and obesity


Vision


Memory


Theories of brain function and behaviour