Geoffrey Hall

  • Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Behaviour and Neuroscience

Geoffrey Hall is an Associate Professor with the Department of Psychology, Behaviour and Neuroscience at McMaster University.  He is a research scientist associated with the Imaging Research Centre, at St. Joseph's Healthcare, Hamilton, a cabinet member of the Offord Centre for Child Studies, and a core member of the McMaster Institute for Music & the Mind.

His interests broadly encompass the neurological foundations of human emotion and cognition, with a particular focus on neurodevelopmental disorders and psychopathology. Central to this work is the development of novel experimental and theoretical tools that lead to a deeper understanding of how emotion and cognition are mapped onto the developing brain, and how underlying neural systems aggregate into functionally connected networks. His research places an emphasis on the development of strong validated behavioural paradigms and draws upon a range of imaging methodologies, including functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy, Diffusion Tensor Imaging, MRI Cortical Thickness & Volumetry, Positron Tomography and Electroencephalography.

Current Activities

  • The Amygdala hypothesis in Autism
  • Disruptions in Cortico-cortico connections in Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • fMRI studies of Temperamental Shyness
  • Exploring Risk in Major Depression - Neural systems underlying Ruminative Thought
  • Hippocampal function in Depression


  • Doyle-Thomas, K.A., Goldberg, J., Szatmari, P. & Hall, G.B. (2013). Neurofunctional underpinnings of audiovisual emotion processing in teens with autism spectrum disorders.Front Psychiatry, 4:48, doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2013.00048.
  • Hall, G.B., Doyle, K.A., Goldberg, J., West, D. & Szatmari, P. (2010). Amygdala engagement in response to subthreshold presentations of anxious face stimuli in adults with autism spectrum disorders: preliminary insights.PLoS One, 5(5), doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0010804.
  • Hall, G.B., West, C.D. & Szatmari, P. (2007). Backward masking: Evidence of reduced subcortical amygdala engagement in autism.Brain and Cognition, 65(1), 100-6.

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Research Interests

  • Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Neurological foundations of emotions and cognition
  • Neuroimaging

Education, Memberships & Certifications

  • B.Sc. University of Guelph
  • M.Sc., University of Guelph
  • Ph.D., McMaster University