Oxford Centre for Computational Neuroscience

Profile of Professor Edmund T. Rolls


Edmund T. Rolls is at the Oxford Centre for Computational Neuroscience, Oxford, and at the Department of Computer Science, University of Warwick, UK, where he is a Professor in Computational Neuroscience, and is focussing on full-time research. Edmund Rolls is also a specially-appointed Professor at the Institute of Science and Technology for Brain-Inspired Intelligence at Fudan University, Shanghai.

Before this, Edmund Rolls was Professor of Experimental Psychology at The University of Oxford, and Fellow and Tutor in Psychology at Corpus Christi College, Oxford (1973-2008; Vice President of Corpus Christi College 2003-2006).





Cerebral Cortex

Emotion Explained


The Noisy Brain

Edmund Rolls read pre-clinical medicine at the University of Cambridge, and was awarded the degree of M.A. in Natural Sciences with exemption from the 2nd M.B (preclinical medicine).  

He trained in neuroscience research at the University of Oxford and was awarded the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy (in Experimental Psychology / Neuroscience).

Edmund Rolls was a Fellow by Examination at Magdalen College, Oxford (1969-1973).

He was awarded the degree of Doctor of Science of the University of Oxford in 1986; and an Honorary degree of Doctor of Science by the Medical University of Toyama, Japan in 2005.

Edmund T. Rolls is a neuroscientist with research interests in computational neuroscience, including the operation of real neuronal networks in the brain involved in vision, memory, attention, and decision-making; functional neuroimaging of vision, taste, olfaction, feeding, the control of appetite, memory, and emotion; neurological disorders of emotion; psychiatric disorders including schizophrenia and depression; and the brain processes underlying consciousness. These studies include investigations in patients, and are performed with the aim of contributing to understanding the human brain in health and disease, and of treating its disorders. He has published more than 675 full length research papers on these topics, which are shown, with many .pdfs available including some of his books, at https://www.oxcns.org. Edmund Rolls has also published 16 books on neuroscience.

Edmund Rolls was Associate Director of the Medical Research Council Interdisciplinary Research Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Oxford for its full period of 1990-2003; and founding member of the Board of the Oxford McDonnell Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience for 1990-2008.

He has led two Human Frontier Science Program grants, and several European Union grants. He has also held Wellcome Trust Grants, and Medical Research Council Programme Grants for many consecutive periods.

Edmund Rolls has also served as a member of the Council, and the Secretary of the Council, of the European Neuroscience Association;
Secretary of the European Brain and Behaviour Society;
and a member of the Fellowships Committee of the Human Frontier Science Program.

Citations and impact. Edmund Rolls is the 18th most cited scientist in the UK, and the 150th most cited scientist in the world out of 6,880,389 in any field of science who have published more than 5 papers across every scientific field (i.e. in the top 0.002%) (composite indicator c, Ioannidis et al 2019 A standardized citation metrics author database annotated for scientific field. PLoS Biol 17(8): e3000384). Edmund Rolls is also the 20th most cited neuroscientist in the world, and 3rd in the UK (composite indicator c for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Ioannidis et al 2019).

Edmund Rollsí 16th book Brain Computations and Connectivity (Oxford University Press, 2023) is Open Access and is available for free download at https://www.oxcns.org.