Dr Stephen Hall

Dr Stephen Hall

Associate Professor (Reader) in Psychology

School of Psychology (Faculty of Health & Human Sciences)


Director of the Cognition Institute

Associate Head of School (Research)

Reader in Neural Sciences, School of Psychology, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth, Devon, UK

Visiting Research Fellow, Aston Brain Centre, Aston University, Birmingham, UK

Research interests

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

The aim of my research is to develop a better understanding of the fundamental processes of the human brain and to apply this information to improving models of neural disease states, toward the development of more effective treatments.

Selected Publications


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.