Oxford Centre for Computational Neuroscience

Professor Edmund T. Rolls


Cerebral Cortex

Emotion and Decision-Making Explained Cover

The Noisy Brain

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.

These discoveries in turn provide bases for better understanding and treating mental disorders.

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

Neuroscience of Vision

Neuroscience of Memory, Spatial Function, and Navigation

Computational neuroscience theories of brain function and behaviour

Discoveries on the brain bases of mental disorders

Human Cortical Connectivity