Ben Thompson

Ben Thompson
Location: OPT 332
Phone: 519-888-4567 x39398


Ben Thompson 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. Prior to joining us at Waterloo, Dr. Thompson was an Associate Professor in Optometry and Vision Science at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Research Interests

  • Vision Rehabilitation
  • Neuroscience
  • Ocular Biology
  • Technology and Optics

Scholarly Research

Dr. Thompson’s research is concerned with human visual cortex development and plasticity, particularly in promoting plasticity to improve outcomes for patients with brain-based visual disorders. This has led to an interest in amblyopia, and to the development of two new and highly promising approaches to treatment. Approved Ph.D. supervisor.


  • PhD (Sussex)
  • BSc (Sussex)

Affiliations and Volunteer Work

  • Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Ophthalmology, McGill University
  • Professor, Dept. of Optometry and Vision Science, University of Auckland


  • OPTOM 219 - Visual Perception 2: Monocular and Binocular Visual Processes
    • Taught in 2019
  • OPTOM 682 - Visual Motor Neuroscience
    • Taught in 2024

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Selected/Recent Publications

Graduate studies