My research focuses on how people pursue goals at the behavioural 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.
I received my undergraduate degree in Neuroscience through studies at The University of Otago in New Zealand, which included time at The University of California, Berkeley, in the United States. I completed my PhD at Oxford, funded by the William Georgetti and Rutherford Foundation Trusts.
Please reach out to discuss potential projects and collaborations.
Reward Boosts Neural Coding of Task Rules to Optimize Cognitive Flexibility.
Hall-McMaster S. et al, (2019), J Neurosci, 39, 8549 - 8561
Revisiting foraging approaches in neuroscience
Hall-McMaster S. and Luyckx F., (2019), Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience, 19, 225 - 230
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