Professor Stephen Hall

Professor Stephen Hall

Professor in Human Neuroimaging

School of Psychology (Faculty of Health: Medicine, Dentistry and Human Sciences)


Director of the Brain Research and Imaging Centre (BRIC)

Research interests

The Neural Modulation (NeMo) Laboratory:

Research in my laboratory employs a multimodal, interdisciplinary approach to explore neuronal network activity in health and disease. Specifically, we employ a range of techniques from Human Neuroimaging, such as electro- and magneto- encephalography (EEG & MEG), to animal electrophysiology to understand the role of neuronal network phenomena such as oscillations (brain rhythms) in cognitive and behavioural processes. This integrated approach is used alongside electrical stimulation (TMS/direct current) and pharmacological manipulation, to probe the mechanisms of spontaneous and functional brain activity in health and disease states such as Parkinson’s disease.

The Brain Research and Imaging Centre (BRIC)

The University of Plymouth has leading expertise in the field of Neuroscience Research. This ranges from basic and fundamental, to applied and clinical research, with integrated support from computational neuroscience. In collaboration with partners in the NHS and third sector, we are developing the Brain Research and Imaging Centre (BRIC), to deliver a state-of-the-art Neuroscience facility that supports the realisation of world-leading and impactful research.

Selected Publications

Rhodes E. Gaetz W, Marsden J and Hall SD. (2018). Transient alpha and beta synchrony underlies preparatory recruitment of directional motor networks. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience (in press).

Tyagi V, Hanoch Y, Hall SD, Runco M, Denham SL. (2017). The risky side of creativity: Domain specific risk taking in creative indivisuals. Frontiers in Psychology, 8,145. 

Prokic EJ, Weston C, Yamawaki N, Hall SD, Jones RS, Stanford IM, Ladds G, Woodhall GL. (2015).Cortical oscillatory dynamics and benzodiazepine-site modulation of tonic inhibition in fastspiking interneurons. Neuropharmacology. 20; 95:192-205.

Hall SD, Prokic EJ, McAllister CJ, Ronnqvist KC, Williams AC, Witton C, Woodhall GL, Stanford IM.(2014). GABA-mediated changes in inter-hemispheric beta frequency activity in early-stage Parkinson’s disease. Neuroscience 281 :68-76.

Lacey MG, Gooding-Williams G, Prokic EJ, Yamawaki N, Hall SD, Stanford IM, Woodhall GL.(2014). Spike Firing and IPSPs in Layer V Pyramidal Neurons during Beta Oscillations in RatPrimary Motor Cortex (M1) InVitro. PLoS ONE, 9(1):e85109.

Rossiter HE, Worthen SF, Hall SD & Furlong PL. (2013). Gamma Oscillatory Amplitude EncodesStimulus Intensity in Primary Somatosensory Cortex. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 15;7:362

Ronnqvist KC, McAllister CJ, Woodhall GL, Stanford & Hall SD. (2013). A multimodal perspectiveon the composition of cortical oscillations. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 7, 132.

Mcallister CJ, Ronnqvist KC, Woodhall GL, Stanford IM, Furlong PL & Hall SD. (2013). OscillatoryBeta Activity Mediates Neuroplastic Effects of Motor Cortex Stimulation in Humans. Journal of Neuroscience 33(18):7919-7927

Yamawaki N, Magill PJ, Woodhall GL, Hall, SD., & Stanford, IM. (2012). Frequency selectivity anddopamine dependence of plasticity at cortico-subthalamic synapses. Neuroscience. 17;203:1-11.

Pirttimaki T, Hall SD & Parri HR. (2011). Sustained neuronal activity generated by glial plasticity. Journal of Neuroscience. 31(21): 7637-47.

Hall SD, Stanford IM, Yamawaki N, McAllister CJ, Rönnqvist KC, Woodhall GL & Furlong PL.(2011) The role of GABAergic modulation in motor function related neuronal network activity. NeuroImage. 56(3):1506-10.

Worthen SF, Furlong PL, Hall SD, Aziz Q & Hobson AR. (2011) Primary and secondarysomatosensory cortex responses to anticipation and pain: a magnetoencephalography study. European Journal of  Neuroscience. 33(5): 946-59

Hall SD, Yamawaki N, Fisher AE, Clauss RP, Woodhall GL & Stanford IM. (2010)Desynchronisation of pathological low-frequency brain activity by the hypnotic drug zolpidem. Clinical Neurophysiology. 121(4): 549-55.

Hall SD, Barnes GR, Furlong PL, Seri S & Hillebrand A. (2010) Neuronal networkpharmacodynamics of GABAergic modulation in the human cortex determined using pharmaco-MEG. Human Brain Mapping. 31(4): 581-94.

Rossiter HE, Worthen SF, Hall SD, Furlong PL. (2009). Modulation of oscillatory gamma duringanticipation and perception of pain using Magnetoencephalography. NeuroImage. 47, S1053.

Yamawaki N, Hall SD, Stanford IM & Woodhall GL. (2008). Pharmacologically induced andstimulus evoked rhythmic neuronal oscillatory activity in the primary motor cortex (M1) in vitro. Neuroscience. 151(2): 386-95

Holliday IE, Hall SD, Kringelbach M, Anderson SA. (2006). Interfacing basic MEG research toclinical applications. Clinical Neurophysiology 117 41–48.

Hall SD, Holliday IE, Hillebrand A, Singh KD, Furlong PL, Hadjipapas A & Barnes GR. (2005). The Missing Link: analogous human and primate cortical gamma oscillations. Neuroimage. 26(1):13-17.

Brookes M, Gibson, A, Hall SD, Furlong PL, Barnes GR, Hillebrand, A, Francis S & Morris P. (2005).GLM-beamformer method demonstrates stationary field, alpha ERD and gamma ERS co-localisation with fMRI BOLD response in visual cortex. NeuroImage, 26(1): 302-8.

Hall SD, Holliday IE, Barnes GR, Singh KD, Furlong PL & Hillebrand A. (2005). Distinct contrastresponse functions in striate and extra-striate regions of visual cortex. Clinical Neurophysiology,116, 1716-1722.

Hall SD, Barnes GR, Hillebrand A, Furlong, PL, Singh KD & Holliday IE. (2005). Cortical spreadingdepression is neuroprotective: the challenge of basic sciences. Headache. 45(2):178

Hall SD, Barnes GR, Hillebrand A, Furlong PL, Singh KD & Holliday IE. (2004). Spatio- temporalimaging of cortical oscillatory desynchronisation in migraine visual aura: an MEG case study. Headache, 44, 204-208.

Brookes M, Gibson A, Hall SD. Furlong PL, Barnes GR, Hillebrand A, Francis, S & Morris P. (2004).A general linear model for MEG beamformer imaging. Neuroimage, 23(3): 936-46.

Hall SD, Barnes GR & Hillebrand A (2003). Magnetoencephalographic (MEG) analysis ofspontaneous cortical activity during migraine visual aura. J. Psychophysiology, 17, 4: 232- 233. 


Hall,SD & Adjamian P (2006). The chemistry ofcognition. In: Methods in Mind,Senior C, Russell T & Gazzaniga MS, (Eds.).MIT Press, Cambridge, USA.