Dr Benjamin Simon Thompson
Ben completed his BSc and PhD in the Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Sussex, UK. He then completed postdoctoral fellowships in the Department of Psychology, UCLA, USA and the Department of Ophthalmology, McGill University, Canada before taking up his current position at The University of Auckland.
Research | Current
Ben’s research interests are focussed on plasticity in the visual areas of the human brain and how this plasticity can be harnessed to develop treatments for brain-based visual disorders. Ben uses a variety of techniques to investigate human brain plasticity and visual cortex function including psychophysics, functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), electroencephalography (EEG), transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS). Ben has recently been involved in the development of promising new treatment approaches for amblyopia (lazy eye) which are applicable to both adults and children.
For further information about Ben's research please visit the Visual Neuroscience Laboratory page.
Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)
- Gao, T. Y., Anstice, N., Babu, R. J., Black, J. M., Bobier, W. R., Dai, S., ... Jiang, Y. (2018). Optical treatment of amblyopia in older children and adults is essential prior to enrolment in a clinical trial. Ophthalmic & physiological optics : the journal of the British College of Ophthalmic Opticians (Optometrists), 38 (2), 129-143. 10.1111/opo.12437
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Yitian Tina Gao, Nicola Anstice, Joanna Black, Yannan Jiang, Cindy Guo, Varsha Parag, Natalie Walker
- Gao, T. Y., Guo, C. X., Babu, R. J., Black, J. M., Bobier, W. R., Chakraborty, A., ... Jiang, Y. (2018). Effectiveness of a Binocular Video Game vs Placebo Video Game for Improving Visual Functions in Older Children, Teenagers, and Adults With Amblyopia: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA ophthalmology, 136 (2), 172-181. 10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2017.6090
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Joanna Black, Yannan Jiang, Cindy Guo, Yitian Tina Gao, Varsha Parag, Natalie Walker
- Tottman, A. C., Alsweiler, J. M., Bloomfield, F. H., Gamble, G., Jiang, Y., Leung, M., ... Harding, J. E. (2018). Long-term outcomes of hyperglycemic preterm infants randomized to tight glycemic control. Journal of Pediatrics, 193, 68-75. 10.1016/j.jpeds.2017.09.081
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Frank Bloomfield, Jane Alsweiler, Greg Gamble, Yannan Jiang, Jane Harding, Trecia Wouldes, Myra Leung
- Leung, M. P., Thompson, B., Black, J., Dai, S., & Alsweiler, J. M. (2018). The effects of preterm birth on visual development. Clinical and Experimental Optometry, 101 (1), 4-12. 10.1111/cxo.12578
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jane Alsweiler, Myra Leung, Joanna Black
- Connell, C. J. W., Thompson, B., Green, H., Sullivan, R. K., & Gant, N. (2017). Effects of regular aerobic exercise on visual perceptual learning. Vision research10.1016/j.visres.2017.08.007
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Nicholas Gant
- Ho, R., Thompson, B., Babu, R. J., & Dalton, K. (2017). Sighting ocular dominance magnitude varies with test distance. Clinical & experimental optometry10.1111/cxo.12627
- Chen, M. L., Yao, L., Boger, J., Mercer, K., Thompson, B., & Jiang, N. (2017). Non-invasive brain stimulation interventions for management of chronic central neuropathic pain: a scoping review protocol. BMJ open, 7 (10)10.1136/bmjopen-2017-016002
- McKinlay, C. J., Alsweiler, J. M., Anstice, N. S., Burakevych, N., Chakraborty, A., Chase, J. G., ... Jiang, Y. (2017). Association of neonatal glycemia with neurodevelopmental outcomes at 4.5 years. JAMA Pediatrics, 171 (10), 972-983. 10.1001/jamapediatrics.2017.1579
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jane Alsweiler, Chris McKinlay, Nicola Anstice, Deborah Harris, Robert Jacobs, Yannan Jiang, Trecia Wouldes, Jane Harding, Greg Gamble