Dr Benjamin Simon Thompson

BSc/PhD (Sussex)

Biography

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)

  • Raveendran, R. N., Bobier, W., & Thompson, B. (2019). Reduced amblyopic eye fixation stability cannot be simulated using retinal-defocus-induced reductions in visual acuity. Vision Research, 154, 14-20. 10.1016/j.visres.2018.10.005
  • Gao, T. Y., Ledgeway, T., Lie, A. L., Anstice, N., Black, J., McGraw, P. V., & Thompson, B. (2018). Orientation Tuning and Contrast Dependence of Continuous Flash Suppression in Amblyopia and Normal Vision. Investigative ophthalmology & visual science, 59 (13), 5462-5472. 10.1167/iovs.18-23954
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Yitian Tina Gao, Alyssa Lie, Joanna Black
  • Thompson, B. (2018). Visualisation of the visual system. Ophthalmic & physiological optics : the journal of the British College of Ophthalmic Opticians (Optometrists), 38 (5), 474-476. 10.1111/opo.12586
  • Chow, A., Giaschi, D., & Thompson, B. (2018). Dichoptic Attentive Motion Tracking is Biased Toward the Nonamblyopic Eye in Strabismic Amblyopia. Investigative ophthalmology & visual science, 59 (11), 4572-4580. 10.1167/iovs.18-25236
  • Goodman, L. K., Anstice, N. S., Stevens, S., Thompson, B., & Wouldes, T. A. (2018). Classical Short-Delay Eyeblink Conditioning in One-Year-Old Children. Journal of visualized experiments : JoVE (139).10.3791/58037
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/43661
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Suzanne Stevens, Nicola Anstice, Trecia Wouldes
  • Sanders, P. J., Thompson, B., Corballis, P. M., Maslin, M., & Searchfield, G. D. (2018). A review of plasticity induced by auditory and visual tetanic stimulation in humans. The European journal of neuroscience, 48 (4), 2084-2097. 10.1111/ejn.14080
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Phil Sanders, Paul Corballis, Grant Searchfield
  • Chakraborty, A., Thompson, B., Vandewouw, M., Gallie, B. L., McCulloch, D. L., Taylor, M. J., & Dunkley, B. (2018). Altered white matter structure within the visual pathway of children with early unilateral enucleation. Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the Association-for-Research-in-Vision-and-Ophthalmology (ARVO), Honolulu, HI. 29 April - 3 May 2018. INVESTIGATIVE OPHTHALMOLOGY & VISUAL SCIENCE. (pp. 3).
  • Chow, A. H. Y., Giaschi, D., & Thompson, B. (2018). Attention is biased towards the fellow eye in strabismic amblyopia. Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the Association-for-Research-in-Vision-and-Ophthalmology (ARVO), Honolulu, HI. 29 April - 3 May 2018. INVESTIGATIVE OPHTHALMOLOGY & VISUAL SCIENCE. (pp. 2).