Dr Benjamin Simon Thompson

BSc/PhD (Sussex)


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., 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 ophthalmology10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2017.6090
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Joanna Black, Yannan Jiang, Cindy Guo
  • 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
  • Tottman, A. C., Alsweiler, J. M., Bloomfield, F. H., Gamble, G., Jiang, Y., Leung, M., ... Harding, J. E. (2017). Long-Term Outcomes of Hyperglycemic Preterm Infants Randomized to Tight Glycemic Control. The Journal of pediatrics10.1016/j.jpeds.2017.09.081
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Frank Bloomfield, Anna Tottman, Jane Alsweiler, Greg Gamble, Yannan Jiang, Jane Harding, Trecia Wouldes, Myra Leung
  • Goodman, L., Chakraborty, A., Paudel, N., Yu, T.-Y., Jacobs, R. J., Harding, J. E., ... CHYLD Study Group (2017). Vision screening at two years does not reduce the prevalence of reduced vision at four and a half years of age. Clinical & experimental optometry10.1111/cxo.12645
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Nicola Anstice, Robert Jacobs, Jane Harding, Lucy Goodman
  • 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
  • Leung, M. P., Thompson, B., Black, J., Dai, S., & Alsweiler, J. M. (2017). The effects of preterm birth on visual development. Clinical & experimental optometry10.1111/cxo.12578
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jane Alsweiler, Myra Leung, Joanna Black
  • Connell, C. J. W., Thompson, B., Turuwhenua, J., Srzich, A., & Gant, N. (2017). Effects of Dopamine and Norepinephrine on Exercise-induced Oculomotor Fatigue. Medicine and science in sports and exercise, 49 (9), 1778-1788. 10.1249/mss.0000000000001307
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jason Turuwhenua, Nicholas Gant