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)


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