Geoff Hammond

Emeritus Professor, BPsych W.Aust., PhD Roch.

  • The University of Western Australia (M304), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • 1254 Citations
  • 17 h-Index
1993 …2019
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Personal profile


BPsych (Hons), University of Western Australia, 1967
PhD, University of Rochester, New York, 1973

Funding overview

Medullary reticular formation in the detection of and response to noxious stimulation. Australian Research Grants Committee, 1974 – 1976.
Excitability of the human blink reflex. Australian Research Council, 1991 – 1993.
Psychological processes and the human blink reflex. Australian Research Council, 1994 – 1996.
Does selective attention to an auditory stimulus enhance its inhibition of reflex behaviour? Australian Research Council, 1997 – 1998 (awarded to G.R. Hammond & J.R. Ison).
Intracortical motor inhibition and human handedness. UWA Small Research Grant, 2001 (awarded to G.R. Hammond, G. Thickbroom, & M. Byrnes).
Experience-dependent plasticity in the left and right motor cortices of humans. UWA Small Research Grant, 2005 (awarded to G.R. Hammond). $11, 000
Processes for enhancing hearing. National Health & Medical Research Council project grant, 2010-2013 awarded to Robertson, D., Hammond, G, & Atlas, M.).

Previous positions

Assistant Lecturer, University of Rochester. Summer Session 1971 and Fall Semester 1971.
Temporary Lecturer, University of Western Australia, 1973.
Lecturer, University of Western Australia, 1974 – 1984.
Senior Lecturer, University of Western Australia, 1985–1991.
Associate Professor, University of Western Australia, 1992 – 2002.
Winthrop Professor, University of Western Australia, 2003 – 2011.
Senior Honorary Research Fellow, University of Western Australia, 2012 continuing.

Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Medicine and Toxicology, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD. January – June, 1979.
Visiting Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, St Joseph's University, Philadelphia, PA. March – July, 1988.


My lab is using transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to study cortical motor function (particularly hand function) in conscious behaving humans. Much of this work examines the function of the inhibitory and excitatory circuits within motor cortex which have been implicated in modulating its output (in shaping and refining the movement that is produced) and in its capacity for functional reorganization with experience. Studies are in progress on the motor cortical mechanisms of manual dexterity and handedness (the asymmetry of manual dexterity) and on use-dependent reorganization of motor cortex.

Motor control and reflex organisation
Behavioral neuroscience and experimental psychology
Research design and methodology


  • Behavioural and cognitive neuroscience
  • Motor control
  • Psychoacoustics

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Research Output 1993 2019

  • 1254 Citations
  • 17 h-Index
  • 65 Article
  • 2 Conference paper
  • 1 Other chapter contribution
  • 1 Review article

Search for gravitational waves from Scorpius X-1 in the second Advanced LIGO observing run with an improved hidden Markov model

LIGO Scientific Collaboration and Virgo Collaboration, 4 Dec 2019, In : Physical Review D. 100, 12, 122002.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

LIGO (observatory)
gravitational waves
x ray binaries
matched filters
4 Citations (Scopus)

Long-interval intracortical inhibition is asymmetric in young but not older adults

Vallence, A. M., Smalley, E., Drummond, P. D. & Hammond, G. R., 1 Sep 2017, In : Journal of Neurophysiology. 118, 3, p. 1581-1590 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Young Adult
Inhibition (Psychology)
Functional Laterality
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
6 Citations (Scopus)

Are Participants Aware of the Type and Intensity of Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation?

Tang, M., Hammond, G. & Badcock, D., 10 Feb 2016, In : PLoS One. 11, 2, p. 1-13 e0148825.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Motor Cortex
Visual Cortex
Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation
Cortical Excitability
157 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access
signal detection
17 Citations (Scopus)
Motor Cortex
Motor Skills
Reaction Time

Projects 1997 2013