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Jeffrey Schall

Jeffrey Schall

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Jeffrey Schall
Full Professor
Program Director - Director, Visual Neurophysiology Centre



Eligible to Supervise

Biology Graduate Program


Office Location Lassonde Building, 0003F


Schall is an internationally recognized scholar in the field of visual neurophysiology. He earned his PhD in anatomy at the University of Utah School of Medicine (1986) and subsequently completed postdoctoral training at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research has been supported by grants from the National Eye Institute, National Institute of Mental Health, National Science Foundation, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and now the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council.

Schall's scholarly accomplishments have been recognized with awards from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the James S. McDonnell Foundation and the McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience. He also received the Troland Research Award from the United States National Academy of Sciences. He is a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was president of the Vision Science Society for its 2019 meeting.

At York, Schall is a core member of the Centre for Vision Research and of the Vision: Science to Application (VISTA) program, funded by the Canada First Research Excellence Fund. He is the inaugural scientific director of the York University Visual Neurophysiology Centre.


Schall's highly collaborative research program seeks to understand how the brain guides, controls and monitors behavior. To address these fundamental questions, we must understand how to translate between multiple scales of description. With neurophysiological and electrophysiological data we seek explanations at neural, biophysical, and computational scales. Through other scholarship Schall also translates between research and application at the intersection of law and neuroscience.


I currently teach YU_NRSC 2100 Systems, Behavioural, and Cognitive Neuroscience

Research Areas

Physiology and Neuroscience, Science, Technology and Society

UN Goals

Good Health and Well-being, Peace Justice and Strong Institutions, Quality Education