Attention Group (Stokes Lab)
My research focuses on how people pursue goals at the behavioural, cognitive and neural levels of analysis.
I am especially interested in how people use information about reward to decide whether they should stick with what they're doing or update their approach, as well as how expectations about reward impact motivation.
In my doctoral work at Oxford, I am drawing on frameworks from cognitive control, foraging theory and reinforcement learning to pursue these questions.
I received my undergraduate degree in Neuroscience through studies at The University of Otago in New Zealand and The University of California, Berkeley, in the United States.
Please reach out to discuss potential projects and collaborations.
Medial orbitofrontal cortex modulates associative learning between environmental cues and reward probability.
Hall-McMaster S. et al, (2017), Behavioral Neuroscience, 131, 1 - 10
'The positive feel': Unpacking the role of positive thinking in people with multiple sclerosis's thinking aloud about staying physically active.
Hall-McMaster SM. et al, (2016), J Health Psychol, 21, 3026 - 3036
Positive thinking and physical activity motivation for one individual with multiple sclerosis: A qualitative case-study
Hall-McMaster S. et al, (2016), New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy, 44, 26 - 32