Dr Benjamin Simon Thompson

BSc/PhD (Sussex)

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Honorary Academic


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)

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  • Leung, M., Black, J., Bloomfield, F. H., Gamble, G. D., Harding, J. E., Jiang, Y., ... Wouldes, T. A. (2020). Effects of Neonatal Hyperglycemia on Retinopathy of Prematurity and Visual Outcomes at 7 Years of Age: A Matched Cohort Study. The Journal of pediatrics, 223, 42-50.e2. 10.1016/j.jpeds.2020.04.059
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Anna Tottman, Joanna Black, Yannan Jiang, Frank Bloomfield, Jane Harding, Greg Gamble, Trecia Wouldes, Jane Alsweiler, Jen Rogers
  • Sarenac, D., Kapahi, C., Silva, A. E., Cory, D. G., Taminiau, I., Thompson, B., & Pushin, D. A. (2020). Direct discrimination of structured light by humans. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 117 (26), 14682-14687. 10.1073/pnas.1920226117
  • Roberts, J. W., Thompson, B., Leat, S. J., & Dalton, K. (2020). Towards developing a test of global motion for use with Paralympic athletes. Scientific reports, 10 (1)10.1038/s41598-020-65202-x
  • Searchfield, G. D., Spiegel, D. P., Poppe, T. N. E. R., Durai, M., Jensen, M., Kobayashi, K., ... Sundram, F. (2020). A proof-of-concept study comparing tinnitus and neural connectivity changes following multisensory perceptual training with and without a low-dose of fluoxetine. The International journal of neuroscience, 1-12. 10.1080/00207454.2020.1746310
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/51558
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Kei Kobayashi, Grant Searchfield, Frederick Sundram
  • Pardhan, S., Thompson, B., Downie, L. E., Porter, J., & van Nispen, R. M. A. (2020). The Ida Mann 2020 special issue: Vision scientists breaking the glass ceiling. Ophthalmic & physiological optics : the journal of the British College of Ophthalmic Opticians (Optometrists), 40 (2), 61-65. 10.1111/opo.12678
  • Raveendran, R. N., Tsang, K., Tiwana, D., Chow, A., & Thompson, B. (2020). Anodal transcranial direct current stimulation reduces collinear lateral inhibition in normal peripheral vision. PloS one, 15 (5)10.1371/journal.pone.0232276
  • Norouzifard, M., Black, J., Thompson, B., Klette, R., & Turuwhenua, J. (2020). A Real-Time Eye Tracking Method for Detecting Optokinetic Nystagmus. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics). 10.1007/978-3-030-41299-9_12
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Joanna Black, Jason Turuwhenua
  • Tottman, A. C., Alsweiler, J. M., Bloomfield, F. H., Gamble, G. D., Jiang, Y., Leung, M., ... Harding, J. E. (2020). Relationships Between Early Neonatal Nutrition and Neurodevelopment at School Age in Children Born Very Preterm. Journal of pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition, 70 (1), 72-78. 10.1097/mpg.0000000000002471
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Anna Tottman, Jane Alsweiler, Frank Bloomfield, Yannan Jiang, Jane Harding, Greg Gamble, Trecia Wouldes

Contact details

Primary office location

M&HS BUILDING 505 - Bldg 505
Level 3, Room 352
New Zealand