What our brains want

7.00pm to 8.30pm, Thursday 26 October

The Theatre

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Standard £16


Concession £10


Ri Members and Ri Patrons £7

Event description

Our sense of reward motivates us and is essential for survival, so when the system malfunctions, it can lead to big problems. Hear Ray Dolan, Wolfram Schultz and Peter Dayan, winners of this year’s Brain Prize, discuss their ground-breaking work on how the brain recognises and processes reward with Claudia Hammond, the host of BBC's 'All in the mind'.

About the speakers

Claudia Hammond is an award-winning broadcaster, writer and lecturer. She regularly presents the All in the Mind and Mind Changers series on BBC Radio 4.

Ray DolanWolfram Schultz and Peter Dayan won the 2017 Lundbeck Foundation Brain Prize for understanding how the brain recognises and processes reward. 

Their multidisciplinary analysis of brain mechanisms that link learning to reward has far-reaching implications for the understanding of human behaviour. This include disorders of decision-making in conditions such as gambling, drug addiction, compulsive behaviour and schizophrenia.


The doors will open at approximately 6.30pm, with a prompt start at 7.00pm. There will be time for questions after the talk.

Latecomers will be admitted to the gallery.


BBC Recording

This event will be recorded for BBC Radio 4's 'All in the Mind' and broadcast on 21 November.

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