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

Schuett, S.; Heywood, C.A.; Kentridge, R.W.; Dauner, R.; Zihl, J.


S. Schuett

C.A. Heywood

R. Dauner

J. Zihl


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.


Schuett, S., Heywood, C., Kentridge, R., Dauner, R., & Zihl, J. (2012). Rehabilitation of reading and visual exploration in visual field disorders: transfer or specificity?. Brain, 135(3), 912-921.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Mar 1, 2012
Deposit Date Feb 23, 2012
Journal Brain
Print ISSN 0006-8950
Electronic ISSN 1460-2156
Publisher Oxford University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 135
Issue 3
Pages 912-921
Keywords Visual field, Disorders, Reading, Visual exploration, Rehabilitation, Specificity.