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)

  • 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
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/49645
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Anna Tottman, Jane Alsweiler, Frank Bloomfield, Yannan Jiang, Jane Harding, Greg Gamble, Trecia Wouldes, Myra Leung
  • Erkelens, I. M., Bobier, W. R., Macmillan, A. C., Maione, N. L., Martin Calderon, C., Patterson, H., & Thompson, B. (2020). A differential role for the posterior cerebellum in the adaptive control of convergence eye movements. Brain stimulation, 13 (1), 215-228. 10.1016/j.brs.2019.07.025
  • Cao, S., Nandakumar, K., Babu, R., & Thompson, B. (2019). Game play in virtual reality driving simulation involving head-mounted display and comparison to desktop display. VIRTUAL REALITY10.1007/s10055-019-00412-x
  • Green, H. M., Borges, V. M., Connell, C. W. J., Newcombe, D., Thompson, B., & Gant, N. (2019). Reliability of oculomotor kinematics, visual attention, and vehicle operation in driving simulation. Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the Association-for-Research-in-Vision-and-Ophthalmology (ARVO), Vancouver, CANADA. 28 April - 2 May 2019. INVESTIGATIVE OPHTHALMOLOGY & VISUAL SCIENCE. (pp. 3).
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: David Newcombe
  • Donkor, R., Teske, C., Wallis-Duffy, M., Barnett-Cowan, M., & Thompson, B. (2019). Primary visual cortex transcranial random noise stimulation improves contrast sensitivity in adults with amblyopia. Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the Association-for-Research-in-Vision-and-Ophthalmology (ARVO), Vancouver, CANADA. 28 April - 2 May 2019. INVESTIGATIVE OPHTHALMOLOGY & VISUAL SCIENCE. (pp. 3).
  • Chow, A., Silva, A. E., & Thompson, B. (2019). Interocular suppression of form but not motion in dichoptic plaids. Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the Association-for-Research-in-Vision-and-Ophthalmology (ARVO), Vancouver, CANADA. 28 April - 2 May 2019. INVESTIGATIVE OPHTHALMOLOGY & VISUAL SCIENCE. (pp. 2).
  • Raveendran, R. N., Tsang, K., Tiwana, D., Chow, A., & Thompson, B. (2019). Anodal transcranial direct current stimulation reduces crowding in peripheral vision. Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the Association-for-Research-in-Vision-and-Ophthalmology (ARVO), Vancouver, CANADA. 28 April - 2 May 2019. INVESTIGATIVE OPHTHALMOLOGY & VISUAL SCIENCE. (pp. 3).
  • Harris, P. A., Garner, T., Sangi, M., Guo, P., Turuwhenua, J., & Thompson, B. (2019). Visual acuity assessment in adults using optokinetic nystagmus. Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the Association-for-Research-in-Vision-and-Ophthalmology (ARVO), Vancouver, CANADA. 28 April - 2 May 2019. INVESTIGATIVE OPHTHALMOLOGY & VISUAL SCIENCE. (pp. 2).
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jason Turuwhenua

Contact details

Primary office location

M&HS BUILDING 503 - Bldg 503
Level 3, Room 301B
85 PARK RD
GRAFTON
AUCKLAND 1023
New Zealand