Welcome to Human Visual Neuroscience Laboratory

The Human Visual Neuroscience (HVN) lab focuses on development and plasticity of the human visual cortex. Headed by Dr. Benjamin Thompson and based at the University of Waterloo School of Optometry and Vision Sciences, we are a thriving lab that uses a number of different techniques in our exploration of the brain, such as:

  • psychophysics
  • structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)
  • transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS)
  • magnetoencephalography (MEG)
  • electroencephalography (EEG)
  1. Apr. 3, 2019Dr. Thompson awarded a Velux Stiftung grant for neuro-modulatory work to enhance reading ability in macular degeneration
    Dr. Benjamin Thompson

  2. Oct. 15, 2018Attention is biased in strabismic amblyopia

    Abnormal vision in childhood can affect the development of higher-level brain areas responsible for things such as attention.  Researchers from the University of Waterloo, University of British Columbia, and the University of Auckland have uncovered differences in how the brain processes visual information in patients with various types of lazy eye. In doing so, they are the first to demonstrate that the brain can divert attention away from a lazy eye when both eyes are open.

  3. Aug. 1, 2016Ben Thompson receives Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Bridge grant to study non-invasive brain stimulation for treating lazy eye

    The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) awarded Professor Ben Thompson of the School of Optometry and Vision Science a $100,000 bridge grant to study how non-invasive brain stimulation can help adults recover from brain-based visual disorders such as amblyopia.

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