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)
- 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
- Glasgow, M. J., Harding, J. E., Edlin, R., & Children with Hypoglycemia and Their Later Development (CHYLD) Study Team (2018). Cost Analysis of Treating Neonatal Hypoglycemia with Dextrose Gel. The Journal of pediatrics, 198, 151-155.e1. 10.1016/j.jpeds.2018.02.036
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Matthew Glasgow, Jane Harding, Richard Edlin, Jane Alsweiler, Deborah Harris, Anne Jaquiery, Trecia Wouldes, Janine Paynter, Anna Tottman
- Goodman, L., Chakraborty, A., Paudel, N., Yu, T.-Y., Jacobs, R. J., Harding, J. E., ... CHYLD Study Group (2018). Vision screening at two years does not reduce the prevalence of reduced vision at four and a half years of age. Clinical and Experimental Optometry, 101 (4), 527-534. 10.1111/cxo.12645
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Nicola Anstice, Robert Jacobs, Jane Harding, Lucy Goodman
- Hamm, L. M., Chen, Z., Li, J., Dai, S., Black, J., Yuan, J., ... Thompson, B. (2018). Contrast-balanced binocular treatment in children with deprivation amblyopia. Clinical and Experimental Optometry, 101 (4), 541-552. 10.1111/cxo.12630
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Lisa Hamm, Joanna Black
- (2018). Neonatal Nutritional Intakes and Neurodevelopment at School Age in Infants Born Preterm. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health. 10.1111/jpc.13882_127
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jane Alsweiler, Anna Tottman, Frank Bloomfield, Greg Gamble, Yannan Jiang, Tanya Poppe, Trecia Wouldes, Jane Harding
- (2018). Neonatal Nutritional Intake in Preterm Babies and Visual Outcomes at Seven Years of Age. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health. 10.1111/jpc.13882_74
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Myra Leung, Tanya Poppe, Anna Tottman, Joanna Black, Jane Harding, Frank Bloomfield, Jane Alsweiler
- (2018). The Effect of Retinopathy of Prematurity on Visual Outcomes in Childhood, An Observational Cohort Study.. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health. 10.1111/jpc.13882_3
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Myra Leung, Joanna Black, Jane Alsweiler
- 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