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)

  • Griffith, R. J., Harding, J. E., McKinlay, C. J. D., Wouldes, T. A., Harris, D. L., Alsweiler, J. M., & CHYLD Study Team (2019). Maternal glycemic control in diabetic pregnancies and neurodevelopmental outcomes in preschool aged children. A prospective cohort study. Early human development, 130, 101-108. 10.1016/j.earlhumdev.2019.01.010
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jane Harding, Chris McKinlay, Trecia Wouldes, Deborah Harris, Jane Alsweiler
  • Hamm, L. M., Boluk, K. A., Black, J. M., Dai, S., & Thompson, B. (2019). Phenomenological approach to childhood cataract treatment in New Zealand using semi-structured interviews: how might we improve provision of care. BMJ open, 9 (1)10.1136/bmjopen-2018-024869
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Lisa Hamm, Joanna Black
  • Webber, A. L., Wood, J. M., Thompson, B., & Birch, E. E. (2019). From suppression to stereoacuity: a composite binocular function score for clinical research. Ophthalmic & physiological optics : the journal of the British College of Ophthalmic Opticians (Optometrists), 39 (1), 53-62. 10.1111/opo.12599
  • 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, Nicola Anstice
  • Connell, C. J. W., Thompson, B., Green, H., Sullivan, R. K., & Gant, N. (2018). Effects of regular aerobic exercise on visual perceptual learning. Vision research, 152, 110-117. 10.1016/j.visres.2017.08.007
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Nicholas Gant
  • 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