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Brain. 2012 Mar;135(Pt 3):912-21. doi: 10.1093/brain/awr356. Epub 2012 Feb 4.

Rehabilitation of reading and visual exploration in visual field disorders: transfer or specificity?

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Department of Clinical, Biological and Differential Psychology, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria. susanne.schuett@univie.ac.at

Abstract

Reading and visual exploration impairments in unilateral homonymous visual field disorders are frequent and disabling consequences of acquired brain injury. Compensatory therapies have been developed, which allow patients to regain sufficient reading and visual exploration performance through systematic oculomotor training. However, it is still unclear whether the reading and visual exploration impairments require specific compensatory training for their improvement. We present the first cross-over rehabilitation study to determine whether the training-related performance improvements are task-specific, or whether there is a transfer of training-related improvements between reading and visual exploration. We compared the therapeutic effects of compensatory oculomotor reading and visual exploration training in 36 patients with unilateral homonymous visual field loss in a cross-over design. In addition, we explored whether the training sequence determines the overall treatment outcome. Our findings demonstrate that the training-related improvements in reading and visual exploration are highly specific and task-dependent, and there was no effect of training sequence.

PMID:
22307201
DOI:
10.1093/brain/awr356
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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